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Applying for beamtime

The ILL is dedicated to helping its visiting researchers to make the most of its facilities. Neutron beams and instrument access are provided free of charge for proposers of accepted experiments.

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Applying for beamtime

User Club

The ILL User Club provides online access to all the information and administrative tools for our scientific visitors, presented in a user friendly environment.

Applying for beamtime

Before submitting a proposal to the ILL, you are requested to carefully read the guidelines corresponding to your chosen method of submission. They contain information essential for your application and will be useful regardless of the method of submission you choose. Please follow them.

There are different ways of submitting a proposal to the ILL:

  • Standard Submission of a research proposal (twice a year) via the Electronic Proposal System - EPS. If you are a new user of the ILL facilities please consult the Electronic Proposal System page where you will find information to help you write your proposal. If you are new to ILL please register in our User Club to create an account; this will give you access to the EPS system.
  • Block Allocation Groups (BAGs).
  • Long Term Proposals - once a year.
  • EASY access system (EASY) throughout the year.
  • Director Discretionary's Time application (DDT) throughout the year.
  • Special access for industrial users is also possible at the ILL (please contact the Industrial Liaison Office for further details).
  • CRG proposal
  • The ILL Deuteration Laboratory (D-Lab) is available to external users. This user facility exists as a platform within the Partnership for Structural Biology and provides (rapid) peer review access to deuterated macromolecules for neutron scattering experiments.