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Call for 2021B General Proposals (excl. industrial application) Closed

Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) is calling for 2021B (September 2021 – February 2022) General Proposals (excl. industrial application). Interested parties are encouraged to apply. Please read the following instructions in full before preparing your application. For applications in the field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis, please also refer to “2021B Operation of Proposals in the Field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis“.
If you wish to submit a General Proposal for Industrial Application, please read the “Call for 2021B General Proposals for Industrial Application.”

Special Notes on COVID-19
The same policy that was applied to 2021A proposals will be applied again to 2021B term in order to minimize the effects of beamtime cancellations due to COVID-19. Please make sure to check here.

Important

  • Please understand that there is a possibility that we cannot provide stable supply of Helium (both liquid and gas) due to the recent situation regarding global helium supply.

Contents

  1. Non-Proprietary and Proprietary Research
  2. Research Period
  3. Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users
  4. Several Bunch Mode Operation
  5. Proposal Submission
  6. Submission Deadline for Online Proposals:   June 10, 2021, 10:00 am (Japan Time)
  7. Proposal Review
  8. Notification of Review Results
  9. Report Submission
  10. Publication of Research Results
  11. Others
       11.1 Fees
       11.2 Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku
       11.3 Deadline for 2022A Proposals (next half-year research term)
  12. Contact

1. Non-Proprietary and Proprietary Research

There are two types of research at SPring-8: non-proprietary and proprietary research. Users must publish their research result in a refereed journal or equivalent (refereed proceedings, Doctoral thesis, etc.), and are exempt from paying the beamtime fee if their research is non-proprietary. For research to be considered non-proprietary, users must submit a SPring-8 Experiment Summery Report within 60 days of the completion of each experiment to make the results available to the public. As for proprietary research, submitted proposals are reviewed only from the viewpoint of feasibility, safety, sociality, and ethics by a limited number of reviewers, who have accepted an obligation of confidentiality. Proprietary research is recommended for users dealing with confidential information or experimental samples.
Users may request the Users Office to switch the research type from non-proprietary to proprietary by shift unit within 60 days after the completion of the experiment or the end of the fiscal year (the end of March), whichever comes first.

2. Research Period

[Non-Proprietary Research]

  • From September 2021 – February 2022 (tentative)
    For proposals other than those in the field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis with the use of PX-BLs, the beamtime will be allocated in 2021B (From September 2021 – February 2022, tentative). Refer to “2021B Operation of Proposals in the Field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis” for the proposals in the field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis with the use of PX-BLs.

[Proprietary Research]

  • – At all beamlines except BL14B2, BL19B2, and BL46XU
  •     From September 2021 – February 2022 (tentative)
  • – At BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU (BLs intended for industrial applications)
  •     From September – early November 2021 (first period of 2021B)
  • (We will call for proposals to be conducted during the second and the third periods of 2021B in August and October 2021, respectively.)

To see beamlines available for 2021B beamtime by type of proposal, click here.

3. Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users

For beamlines available to users and beamtime allocated to each beamline, click the link below. Please note that the numbers of shifts specified in the lists include the shifts allocated to General Proposals as well as newly approved proposals (Long-Term, Partner User, Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided, and Epoch-Making Initiatives Proposals).
The beamlines intended for industrial application (BL14B2, BL19B2, BL46XU) are accepted only for industrial application. If you wish to submit a non- proprietary General Proposal for Industrial Application, please read the “Call for 2021B General Proposals for Industrial Application.”

For users who plan to apply for the use of PX-BLs, be sure to refer to“2021B Operation of Proposals in the Field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis”.

Public Beamlines

Beamlines Expected Available Beamtime
BL01B1 XAFS ~65%
BL02B1 Single Crystal Structure Analysis ~80%
BL02B2 Powder Diffraction ~80%
BL04B1 High Temperature and High Pressure Research ~80%
BL04B2 High Energy X-ray Diffraction ~80%
BL08W High Energy Inelastic Scattering ~80%
BL09XU HAXPES ~65%
BL10XU High Pressure Research ~80%
BL13XU Surface and Interface Structures ~80%
BL14B2* Engineering Science Research II
(September – early November 2021)
~80%
BL19B2* Engineering Science Research I
(September – early November 2021)
~75%
BL20B2 Medical and Imaging I ~80%
BL20XU Medical and Imaging II ~65%
BL25SU Soft X-ray Spectroscopy of Solid ~80%
BL27SU Soft X-ray Photochemistry ~80%
BL28B2 White Beam X-ray Diffraction ~65%
BL35XU Inelastic and Nuclear Resonance Scattering ~80%
BL37XU Trace Element Analysis ~65%
BL39XU Magnetic Materials ~80%
BL40B2 Structural Biology II ~80%
BL40XU High Flux ~80%
BL41XU** Structural Biology I ~50%
BL43IR Infrared Materials Science ~80%
BL45XU** Structural Biology III ~80%
BL46XU* Engineering Science Research III
(September – early November 2021)
~80%
BL47XU Micro-CT ~80%
Facility Expected Available Beamtime
EM01CT CRYO ARM 300 (K3) Trial Operation in 2021B term
EM02CT CRYO ARM 2300 (K2) Trial Operation in 2021B term

RIKEN Beamlines

Please contact the Beamline Scientist of the desired beamline before applying for beamtime.

Beamlines Exptected Available Beamtime
BL05XU RIKEN R&D-ID ~5%
BL17SU RIKEN Coherent Soft X-ray Spectroscopy ~20%
BL19LXU  RIKEN SR Physics ~20%
BL26B1** RIKEN Structural Genomics I ~65%
BL26B2** RIKEN Structural Genomics II ~20%
BL29XU RIKEN Coherent X-ray Optics ~20%
BL32XU** RIKEN Targeted Proteins ~20%
BL36XU RIKEN Materials Science II ~10%
BL38B1*** RIKEN Structural Biology I ~20%
BL43LXU**** RIKEN Quantum NanoDynamics at least 5%
BL44B2 RIKEN Materials Science ~10%

* Industrial Applications only.
**Users who wish to apply for BL41XU or BL45XU, make sure to read here.
***BL38B1 is available only for BioSAXS experiments.
****Proposals for high-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering will automatically be considered for both BL35XU and BL43LXU: use BL35XU as the beamline choice.

For the specifications and status of experimental stations, please check the Beamline List. To see what kinds of experiments have been performed at SPring-8, please refer to the SPring-8 Solution Database.
If you have no experience using the desired beamline or if you have questions about the experimental stations, please contact the Beamline Scientist of the beamline of interest before applying for beamtime.

4. Several Bunch Mode Operation

For several bunch mode operation, please refer to “1.4 Several Bunch Mode Operation in 2021B” in the “Call for 2021B SPring-8 Research Proposals – Overview -” or “Several Bunch Modes” of the SPring-8 Website.

5. Proposal Submission

Applicants/project leaders are required to submit proposals online through the web-based proposal submission system. Before starting the application process, please first carefully read the “Call for 2021B SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-.”

[Non-Proprietary Research]

User Information Website (UI site) > Log in to My Page > Application/Reporting > Proposal/Use Plan Submission > New > Non-Proprietary Research > General Proposal

[Proprietary Research]

User Information Website (UI site) > Log in to My Page > Application/Reporting > Proposal/Use Plan Submission > New > Proprietary Research > General Proposal

If you are applying for proprietary beamtime, you need to submit a “Proprietary Use Agreement for Public Beamline”. Please download the agreement from the UI site, have it signed by the person who is responsible for the payment, and send PDF file to the SPring-8 Users Office by email no later than June 17, 2021.

For step-by-step instructions on how to submit proposals, click here.

[Industrial Application]

If you wish to submit a proposal for industrial application, be sure to follow the instructions detailed in the “Call for 2021B General Proposals for Industrial Application” (The information required on the online application form is different).

[Protein Crystal Analysis]

When you plan to use PX-BLs and apply for proposals in the field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis, be sure to refer to “2021B Operation of Proposals in the Field of Life Science/Protein Crystal Analysis” because different types of information are required to complete the application form.

6. Submission Deadline for Online Proposals

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 10:00 am (Japan time)
(Proprietary Use Agreement: June 17, 2021)

To avoid last-minute technical problems and possible network congestion caused by heavy online traffic, you are strongly encouraged to complete and submit your application well in advance of the deadline. If you have trouble completing/submitting your application online, please contact the SPring-8 Users Office (see 12. Contact) before the deadline.
Upon successful submission, you will receive a confirmation email attached with a copy of the Agreement (Rules for Users) in PDF format. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please log in to the system and check if your proposal has been submitted successfully.

7.Proposal Review

7.1 Non-proprietary Research

The scientific and technological value, the degree of expectation to produce results, the scientific feasibility, safety of the experiment, and ethics are comprehensively reviewed. If the research area of your proposal is Industrial Applications, the review of scientific and technological value will be focused on the potential and significance of the expected results in terms of technologies for industrial base, the social significance of the proposal, and the contribution to social economy.

7.2 Proprietary Research

Technical feasibility, safety of the experiment, and ethics of proposals are reviewed.

8. Notification of Review Results

Review results will be available in “My Page” of UI site at early August 2021.

9. Report Submission (Non-Proprietary Research Only)

Users are required to submit an Experiment Summary Report online within 60 days of their experiment. Submitted reports are made publicly available online two weeks after the report submission deadline for the last experiment of the term (60 days after the end of each half-year research term + two weeks). For details, click here.

10. Publication of Research Results (Non-Proprietary Research Only)

Publish your research in the form of a refereed journal (incl. refereed proceedings and Doctoral thesis), a SPring-8/SACLA Research Report refereed by JASRI, or a technical journal approved by JASRI, and register the published works with the Publications Database within three years from the end of the research term. In the publications, please clearly state that the results were obtained through the use of the SPring-8 specifying the relevant experiment title and number.
For details, click here

UI site > Log in to My Page > Application/Reporting > After Experiment > Publications Entry

11. Others

11.1 Fees

For information about beamtime fee and user fees, please see the “Call for 2021B SPring-8 Research Proposals – Overview –.”
Click here for more details about the user fees.

11.2 Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku

We also invite SPring-8 non-proprietary General Proposals for complementary use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF (neutron facility) or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku (public computational resource of High Performance Computing Infrastructure including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku). For details, please refer to the “Call for 2021B SPring-8 Research Proposals in Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku

11.3 Deadline for 2022A Proposals (next half-year research term)

Deadline for 2022A proposals (first half of fiscal 2022) is scheduled at early December 2021.

12. Contact

ContactExt. No.E-mail address
SPring-8/SACLA Users Office/JASRI+81-791-58-0961sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp