Use our facilities

Our facilities are available to use for research, clinical or commercial purposes.

All projects in the Centre need to be approved prior to taking place.

We need to assess your project to ensure that:

  • the resources you ask for (scan hours, staff support, etc) are appropriate and can be delivered by us over the course of the project
  • the most appropriate neuroimaging methods and acquisition parameters are being used and these are appropriate to the scientific question.

Our approval process

The form of approval can be one of two methods – expression of interest (EOI) or fast track – depending on the scale of the project. The approval process has a four-week turnaround time.

To qualify for fast track project application, one of the following conditions must apply:

  • existing expression of interest in place, full funding in place or School of Psychology PhD student project
  • minimal Centre resource implications (eg no MR operator cover required or out-of-hours scanning)
  • small cohorts (consult with relevant lab manager, or managers)
  • non-clinical cohorts
  • no drug administration.

If any of these are applicable, please download and fill out our fast track launch form.

All other applications must go through the expression of interest (EOI) process.

For example:

  • new grant applications
  • requests for discounted/free scanning
  • PhD students from other Schools (if asking for free scanning)
  • clinical cohorts
  • large cohorts (consult with relevant lab manager, or managers).

If you plan to apply for any of these, please download and fill out our expression of interest form.

You will also need to read our rules, procedures and relevant risk assessments, as well as sign a form to say you've read and understood them.

Studies with human participants

If you're conducting a study with human participants, you must have ethics approval from the relevant School, local NHS ethics committee or Health Research Authority before your study begins. All studies will also need to be logged with the School of Psychology Ethics Committee.

Grants proposing to use our facilities

No internal or external grant application using our resources may be submitted without providing a completed expression of interest or fast track form and approval being granted.

In the School of Psychology, these forms are a required section of the Internal Peer Review process (IPR), but they must also be completed for grants led by another School within Cardiff University, or indeed for grants led by an external investigator.

Furthermore, any grant proposing to use our facilities needs to be peer-reviewed by an appropriate person from the Centre (or the relevant portion of it, if it contains a variety of methods). Please browse our people pages to select a relevant member of staff.

As well as checking the feasibility of the study, where appropriate, this process will allow scientists within the Centre to suggest modifications that may help improve the quality of an application and increase the chances of it being awarded.

How to apply

Please send your completed form to:

Zainab Hassan

If you have any queries regarding completing the form, please contact Zainab, who will direct you to the relevant person.

Alternatively, please contact the relevant lab manager directly if you have a specific technical query.

After you apply

Once submitted, your form will be considered by our Directorate, in consultation with the relevant lab manager. All decisions will be recorded and reported to the School of Psychology Research Committee to ensure transparency.

Invoicing scanning charges

You'll need to have funding in place before your study begins, as we invoice scanning charges in advance.

The charge covers data acquisition, with assistance from our staff as necessary, reconstruction of image and transfer of images and associated data (eg behavioural measures) over our network. Raw data and reconstructed images will be archived here at the Centre.

This charge doesn't apply to time that may be needed to analyse data or initially set up a study – for example, to pilot a new acquisition sequence or to refine stimulus presentation or task parameters.

Rates for University researchers

To find out more about the scanning rates for University researchers, please email:

Zainab Hassan

Rates for all other applicants

For information on scanning rates for all other applicants, such as clinical or commercial applications, please email:

Claire O'Connell

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre - Centre Manager