Other facilities

You can apply for funding to access both EPSRC facilities and facilities that are not supported by EPSRC on grant applications. Please contact the service you would like to use directly for more information about how you should describe the cost on your proposal.

The need for the use of the facility should be fully justified in your justification of resources. Below is a list of facilities that are available to EPSRC researchers but this is not exhaustive.

EPSRC researchers can also get access to some of the items of equipment which have been supported through EPSRC's Strategic Equipment process.

Biological Microcalorimetry Facility
The facility, located at the University of Glasgow, provides collaborative access to facilities when time allows. Access to various calorimeters for non-invasive and non-destructive analysis of biomolecular stability and interactions are available.

Catalyst Evaluation and Optimisation Service
CATS is a service aimed at evaluating, optimising and commercialising new compounds and materials for their catalytic potential. It aims to bridge the gap between the science base and the applied catalysis industry.

Free Access to Electron Beam Lithography and Supporting Processes
UK researchers at Higher Education Institutions are able to get access to Electron Beam Lithography and supporting processes (thin film deposition and wet/dry etching) in the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Bath. Cross-disciplinary applications, especially with biological or life sciences are particularly encouraged.

Hydromechanics Facilities
The QinetiQ hydromechanic test facilities include the UK’s largest Ocean Basin (122m x 61m x 5.5m) and a Ship (Towing) Tank (270m x 12m x 5.5m)). Both facilities can create waves and are used by customers to predict ship and submarine performance as well as research and develop marine renewable devices. These facilities are available to UK academics (at minimum cost to EPSRC grant proposals) who wish to carry out experiments. Please contact QinetiQ with regards to access.

Ion Beam Centre
The Ion Beam Centre (IBC) at the University of Surrey is a National Facility endorsed by EPSRC. EPSRC users must apply for funding to access the facility as part of a normal submission.

Medium Energy Ion Scattering
The Medium Energy Ion Scattering facility (MEIS), now relocated to the International Institute for Accelerator Applications at the University of Huddersfield, is a tool for the investigation of the surface structure and properties of crystalline materials using a probe of 100-200 keV ions. It is available for use by outside researchers, who can apply for support on EPSRC research grants.

National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics
The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics (NCMH) is a facility for the characterisation of the sizes, shapes and interactions of large macro-molecules of biomedical and industrial importance, such as proteins, polysaccharides, DNA and synthetic polymers, in solution.

Smithers Rapra Polymer Analysis
Smithers Rapra delivers a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic analysis to support a wide range of industry sectors and they will also undertake work for academia.

Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) - Durham
The Durham Solid State NMR Research Service provides both access to state-of-the-art solid-state NMR instrumentation and over 30 years of experience in providing its users with detailed and interpreted results.

The UK 850 MHz Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
The 850MHz Solid-State NMR Facility based at the University of Warwick is jointly funded by EPSRC and BBSRC. It provides access to high-field solid-state NMR to enable advances in materials science, chemistry, biology earth science and physics.

Wave Test Service
Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COaST) is a physical modelling facility providing model experimentation with combined waves, currents and wind. The facility comprises an Ocean Basin (wind, waves and currents, 35 x 15.5 x 3m), a Coastal Basin (waves, currents + sediments, 15 x 10 x 0.5m) and a Wave Flume (with or without sediments, 35 x 0.6 x 0.8m). Users should discuss access directly with the COaST facility before including any costs into research project applications to EPSRC.