Modes of Access

The Industrial Applications Program assists industry with all aspects of neutron scattering experiments – from experiment design to measurements to data interpretation - at both the SNS and HFIR. Several access modes that accommodate time-critical needs to non-time-sensitive collaboration are available to industry. Time-critical rapid access requests for beam time can be made at any time and are considered outside the normal academic peer-reviewed proposal process.

Industrial users may access neutron facilities under ORNL's standard user agreement

Access Modes

  • Rapid Access – Users may contact the Industrial Liaison for rapid access. Users can send a team to perform the experiment, or use the “remote data collection” service (described below) to have the data collected without the user traveling to ORNL. Mail-In access is also available on the POWGEN and NOMAD instruments, when standard powder diffraction is proposed.

  • General User Program (GUP) – Two proposal calls are held each year. This mode of access is a competitive peer review process of proposals. Users will send a team to perform the experiment and analyze the data.


There is no cost for using neutrons via the GUP for non-proprietary publishable work. Procedures and contractual mechanisms are established for full cost recovery access for both proprietary and non-proprietary work. These include:

  • Full or "concierge" service –includes experimental design, data collection and data analysis. 

  • Remote data collection – a full cost recovery data collection service that offers increased scope with sample environment options. 

For more information please contact the Industrial Liaison.

High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)