How to apply directly to NBAF

NBAF supports projects which are not NERC-funded, although they must fall within NERC’s remit. We call these “standard applications.”

Please beware that if you are requesting access to NBAF-Edinburgh or Liverpool, you will need to provide funding, should your project be accepted by our Steering Committee. This is because these nodes operate as a “pay as you go” basis. If you are requesting access to NBAF-Birmingham or Sheffield, most services are available free at the point of delivery. For more information, please refer to Applying to use NERC Facilities.

We recommend you follow the following procedure:

  1. Contact the NBAF node a month before the application deadline to discuss the contents. If you are not sure about the appropriate node, please contact us.
  2. Complete the main application form and, if required, an appendix. The nodes will advise you in terms of their science and can answer questions in case of uncertainties.
  3. Submit your completed form (including appendices) to <>, and a signed hard copy of the signatures page to NBAF Secretary (see form).
  4. The applications will be reviewed and the NBAF Steering Committee will decide about funding before you are notified about the outcome. Notifications are being sent out by the Services and Facilities Management Team at the CEH.

Please see also NERC for eligibility.