Beam time is granted through our general user program, which is open to all. In addition, we have opportunities for extended collaboration through programs such as internships and postdoctoral programs.
The instruments at HFIR and SNS can be used free of charge with the understanding that researchers will publish their results, making them available to the scientific community. Our facilities are also available for proprietary research for a fee.
ORNL User Portal
The ORNL User Portal gives you access to all the resources you need as a new or returning user, such as the proposal system, data access and analysis systems, sample handling information, and visitor information. Simply create an account to have your own personalized portal every time you visit our site.
NOTICE – Scheduling and Travel
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) is committed to ensuring that the HFIR and SNS neutron sources and beam line equipment are available to users in accordance with published schedules. However, there may be occasions when the neutron sources and/or beam line equipment are not available as planned.
When user beam time is lost due to neutron source or beam line system issues, the NScD is committed to actively working with users to reschedule beam time in a timely manner to minimize impact to the affected users. However, to minimize overall user community impact, it is generally necessary to maintain the schedule for unaffected experiments.
In accordance with our sponsor’s policies, please be aware that ORNL and NScD cannot reimburse users for travel expenses that they may incur should the neutron source or beam line not be available. Therefore, we suggest that users only purchase refundable transportation tickets.
The EPSCoR Travel Fellowship provides financial support to individuals from the EPSCoR states traveling to ORNL for the purposes of participating in events related to neutron scattering. The fellowship is awarded competitively through the submission of an application to the JINS director after participation in the event has been confirmed. Individuals who have been awarded beam time at SNS and HFIR are strongly encouraged to apply for the fellowship soon after beam time has been allocated. More information…
Submitting a Proposal to Conduct Research
- Tips for writing a good proposal
- Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal
- Proposals are submitted via the Online Integrated Proposal Tracking System (IPTS)
Before submitting a proposal for a specific instrument, please contact the appropriate instrument scientist to make sure your research is feasible for that instrument. Information about the instruments available during each call is available on the instrument pages.
The Proposal Review Process
All proposals are reviewed and rated for feasibility, safety, and the potential for high-impact science. Submittors are highly encouraged to read the details of the review and ratings process. Users for approved projects must complete access and training requirements prior to beginning experiments.
User Office Contacts
|User Program Manager||Laura Morris Edwards||865.574.2966|
|Proposal System||Gabrielle Boudreau||865.574.6612|
|User Training & Access||Robbie DeJarnette||865.574.6931|