Applying for Radiocarbon Measurements at the Facility

Applying for Radiocarbon Measurements at the Facility

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There are two main routes to access the Facility for radiocarbon measurements: NERC-Funded and Commissioned or Commercial analyses.

NB:  If you are looking for information on sample submission please click here

NB: If you are looking for information on what sample types we measure please click here

NERC-funded radiocarbon analysis. 

This route is applicable for  members of staff of Higher Education Institutions, NERC Institutes and any other persons who are eligible to be awarded NERC Research Grants and/or Training Awards in the UK (eligibility can be checked by contacting NERC).

In this instance the costs of the measurements are covered directly by NERC through either:

1) Award of NERC project funding into which radiocarbon measurements have been costed as part of the workpackages (e.g. responsive mode standard grant).

When applying for a NERC grant, the costs of radiocarbon measurement should be included in the overall budget of the grant application on JeS (please contact us directly to obtain the appropriate cost per analysis, which may be sample-dependent). To cost in 14C measurements to your grant, please contact the NRCF for a quotation. 

After successful award of grant funding, the radiocarbon measurements can be accessed by application to the NRCF Steering Committee. This is achieved by submitting an application on-line via the NERC Radiocarbon Facility web site.

NRCF staff can support you at all stages of this process.

NB: The application form is 4 pages plus an optional 4-page appendix.

2) Award of direct funding for radiocarbon measurements after an application to the NRCF Steering Committee.

This is a stand-alone application, and does not need to be part of a larger funded project. Funding awarded will be given a grant code and FEC value for the measurements. More information on eligibility and preparing an application can be found on the NERC Radiocarbon Facility web site.

NRCF staff can support you at all stages of this process.

NB: The application form is 4 pages plus an optional 4-page appendix.

 

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In either case, submissions to the NRCF Steering Committee must be made before a project can begin.

The Committee meets twice a year and the deadline for receipt of applications for consideration at the next Committee Meeting is given on our homepage (the deadlines are usually in April and October).‌ 

See NERC Radiocarbon Facility web site for a list of current panel members.

We recommend contacting a member of staff at the NRCF in advance of making a submission for advice and support in completing the required documents

Supporting your project

The Committee will make every attempt to assist users to keep to their timetable. Within the constraints of the laboratory's overall work load, samples can be "fast-streamed" at the NRCF if such a need is demonstrated and justified by the applicant. Also, in some instances a few priority measurements may be supported as "range-finders", to facilitate project planning.