How To Apply
AMF primarily supports NERC funded research and the NCAS science program, but we also welcome enquiries from any organisation (national & international) interested in making use of our facilities.
Prior to submitting an application you are advised to check the facility calendars and to discuss your project requirements with the relevant AMF Scientist: these scientists are best placed to advise on feasibility and any cost implications your request may have.
Please use the contact link on an individual facility information page to get in touch with the IS.
Other than the long-term measurement datasets, which are freely available to all, access to NCAS - AMF falls into three categories:
1. University groups engaged in research within the NERC remit, NERC-funded research students, and NERC Centres.
Costs: Minimal costs, mainly project-specific consumables, travel and subsistence
2. Research projects by Partner Organisations: organisations with research agreements with NCAS or NERC.
Costs: As 1 together with marginal staff costs for IS participation
3. Organisations\projects where (1) and (2) do not apply, commercial\non-research use, EU projects or research outside the NERC remit.
Costs: Full cost recovery.
Organisations or projects falling into category 1 or 2 above please use the online AMF Application form.
AMF prioritises applications on a scale of a -d as follows (a being the highest):
a. Applications submitted in support of a NERC grant application or NC proposal if funding is secured.
b. Applications in support of NERC grants, NERC studentships or NCAS NC science, which come in after funding for the project has been secured.
c. Other applications in the NERC remit, from the NERC community.
d. Partner organisations, EU funded projects, and commercial.
Within a given category, prioritisation will be by first-come, first served based on the time the original application arrived on the server.
Where clashes arise, the matter will be referred to the Chair of the AMF Advisory Group
AMF support for categories b - d will only be offered on a firm basis 6 months prior to deployment. Requests for support more than 6 months in the future will be allocated on a provisional basis, and may lead to renegotiation if a higher-priority request comes up in the meantime.
How your application is dealt with
Once we have received your application you will receive an acknowledgement that will include a unique identification number: this should be used in all subsequent correspondence concerning your application. You will then be contacted by the facility ISs who will discuss the details of your application and any cost implications that may arise (if you have not done so prior to submission). When these negotiations are complete you will receive an email with a summary of what AMF will be providing. To confirm your facility booking you need only reply to that email.
A flow diagram of the application procedure can be found here
NCAS staff have access to AMF through the NCAS Science program (requiring co-funding or Science Director approval).
NCAS PIs have access to AMF under (1) above.
Requests in support of outreach\public engagement: category 2.
Requests in support of undergraduate teaching: category 2.
Requests in support of postgraduate teaching not supported by NERC: category 2.
MSc and PhD students engaged in research within the NERC science remit at a UK university: category 1.
MSc and PhD students engaged in research NOT within the NERC science remit at a UK university: category 2.
MSc and PhD students engaged in research at a non-UK university: category 3.
Where VAD products or services are requested staff time costs will apply.
AMF facilities can only be accessed by following this application procedure above.
There are no funds in AMF for the deployment of AMF facilities.
Where an AMF data product is offered that product is automatically made available and does not have to be explicitly requested.
Applications for facilities that are marked on their respective availability calendar as pending will be accepted and entered into a holding queue. If the project at the head of the queue is funded then it is this that will receive the facility, however if funding is rejected the priority moves to the next project in the queue. Queue placement is based on the time at which the application was received.