Access Policy & Rates

Key information on how to access our facilities and what beam-time charges you can expect. For complete terms and conditions please download our complete Access Policy PDF.
Basis of Approval

The first step is to register at the node you wish to access and outline your project. All projects are assessed on scientific merit, feasibility and quality of research by the Node Director in conjunction with relevant staff . Availability of relevant technical expertise and instrumentation, compliance with node OH&S and risk processes, and relevant ethics approval obtained by the user are also considered. All Australian researchers are eligible to become users of AMMRF facilities.

Instrument Beam Time Charging Rates

NEAT_PCE bearded technician in white coat examining equipment$40 – $60 +GST per hour for flagship instruments.
$30 – $150 +GST per hour for non-flagship instruments.
Technical staff fees may also apply.

Commercial and industry clients will be charged at commercial rates determined by individual nodes. Contact the relevant node for further detail about commercial beam-time charges.
Please take a look at our Industry Services page or contact our Business Development Manager, Dr. Jenny Whiting.

The following list shows a conservative estimate of time required per sample.

Transmission electron microscopy: 3-20 hours
Scanning electron microscopy: 0.5-4 hours
X-ray diffraction: 1-24 hours
Confocal or atomic force microscopy : 3-20 hours
X-ray microtomography: 1-15 hours
Atom probe tomography: 6-12 hours

Target Lead Time

The lead time from project approval to instrument booking is typically three weeks. Lead time depends on demand, availability of specimens, type of project and training needs.

Intellectual Property (IP)

IP created by user accessing AMMRF facilities is the property of the user or user’s institution. A separate IP agreement may be required between the node and the user’s institution if AMMRF staff contributed to the IP.

Acknowledge Us

The AMMRF must be acknowledged in any publication, poster or presentation containing results and data obtained by user during access.