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Call for 2022B SPring-8 Research Proposals – Overview –

Special Notes on COVID-19
Special policy will be applied to 2022B proposals in order to minimize the effects of beamtime cancellations due to COVID-19. Please make sure to check here.

[Contents]

  1. 2022B User Operation
  2. Requirements
  3. Fees (Tax Included)
  4. List of Beamline Summaries
  5. Contact

1. 2022B User Operation

1.1 Beamtime Available to Users and Period of Research in 2022B

1.1-1 Beamtime Available to Users

285 beamtime shifts for 2022B

1.1-2 Period of Research (tentative)

 [At Beamlines with biannual calls for proposals]

2022B Term: From October 2022 to February 2023

 [At Beamlines with sixannual calls for proposals]

2022B-I Term : From October to mid-November 2022
2022B-II Term : From mid-November to mid-December 2022
2022B-III Term : From mid-January to February 2023

1.2 Types of Research and Proposals Available for 2022B Beamtime and Online Submission Deadline for Online Proposals (Japan Time)

[Types of Research]

There are two types of research available at SPring-8: proprietary and non-proprietary research. Users are exempt from paying the beamtime fee if their research is non-proprietary. For research to be considered non-proprietary, users are required to make their research results available to the public through refereed journals or equivalent. For proprietary research, the research proposals are reviewed only from the viewpoint of feasibility, safety, sociality, and ethics. In this type of research, users are charged a beamtime fee of 480,000 yen/shift based on cost recovery for SPring-8 beamline operation. In return, users are not required to make their research results publicly available.

If you are a doctoral student (at the time of experiment) and wish to apply for beamtime (submit a proposal as a project leader), the Budding Researchers Support Proposal or Long-Term Graduate Student Proposal are your only choice; as a project team member, you can participate in any research project.

[Types of Proposals Available for 2022B Beamtime]

Proprietary Research

Type of ProposalDescriptionsFrequency for call
Proprietary General ProposalFor general research using synchrotron radiation, with no obligation to publish results and a simplified review process. A beamtime fee will be charged.Twice/six times a year

Non-proprietary Research

Type of ProposalDescriptionsFrequency for call
General ProposalFor general research using synchrotron radiation, with obligation to publish results. One-year proposals are accepted for research term B for some BLs.Twice/six times a year
Budding Researchers Support ProposalIntended for doctoral students (at the time of experiment) with an exploratory and original research proposal or research theme (Categories of Industrial Application and Structural Biology available). Excluding some BLs, one-year proposals are accepted for research term B.Twice/six times a year
Long-Term Graduate Student ProposalProposals that provide an opportunity to secure stable and planned beamtime for doctoral students by making the proposal valid for one to three years during their doctoral program. Submitted proposals need to go through a two-stage review process of application screening and interview. Twice a year
Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided ProposalIntended for the proposals that are expected to produce outstanding results through the long-term and well-planned use of SPring-8. The review process consists of two steps: document screening and interview. Once approved, proposals are valid for two years.Twice/six times a year

* Beamlines with Sixannual Calls are BL01B1, BL02B1, BL02B2, BL09XU, BL13XU, BL14B2, BL19B2, BL46XU, and BL47XU.
NOTE: BL47XU invites Call for Proposal basically twice a year and partially six times a year.

[Submission Deadlines (Japan Time)]

  • Long Term Graduate Student Proposals: May 18, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed Agreement for Long Term Graduate Student Proposal must be received by email before May 25, 2022.
  • Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals: May 31, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed SPring-8 Program Fee Payment Agreement/Confirmation Check Sheet and research purpose/plan must be received by email before June 7, 2022.
  • Proprietary General Proposals: June 14, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed PDF file of Proprietary Use Agreement for Public Beamline must be received by email before June 21, 2022.
  • General Proposals, Budding Researchers Support Proposals: June 14, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed Agreement for Budding Researchers Support Proposal must be received by email before June 21, 2022.

1.3 Beamlines Available for 2022B Beamtime

Beamlines available for 2022B beamtime by type of proposal are indicated in Table 2.

Table 2. Beamlines Available for 2022B Beamtime by Type of Proposal

For the specifications and status of experimental stations, please check the Beamline List and Table4. List of Beamline Summaries.

1.4 Several Bunch Mode Operation in 2022B

The several bunch modes scheduled for 2022B are as follows:

  • A-mode: 203 bunches
  • B-mode: 4-bunch train x 84
  • C-mode: 11-bunch train x 29
  • F-mode:1/14-filling + 12 bunches
  • G-mode:4/58-filling + 53 bunches
  • H-mode: 406 × 11/29−bunches + 1 bunch

Please note that there may be a possibility that the operation in above Bunch Mode cannot be provided depending on the Accelerator Status.

* The filling modes of F- and G-modes are operated only in research term B (e.g. 2022B, 2023B). In research term A (e.g. 2023A, 2024A), the D-mode (1/7-filling + 5 bunches) and the E-mode (2/29-filling + 26 bunches) will be operated instead of the F- and G-modes. For details, click here.

If you have a preference for a particular operating mode, choose from the pull-down menu on the Basic Information page of the online application form, and explain the difference in efficiency between your first- and other modes in the box provided for “Others.”

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

To encourage research that is expected to produce excellent results more effectively through complementary use with 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) rather than when SPring-8 is used alone. Available types of proposals and beamlines are as follows:

  1. [Available Types of Proposals]
    • General Proposals (non-proprietary only)
    • Budding Researchers Support Proposals
  2. [Beamlines Available to the Program]
     Click here to see the list of beamlines available to the program. Proposal Types marked with ★ are available.

For details, please refer to the “Call for 2022B SPring-8 Research Proposals for Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku.”

1.6 Beamline Name Change

Several public beamlines have changed their names as below.

BaemlineFormer NameCurrent Name
BL01B1XAFSXAFS I
BL09XUHAXPESHAXPES I
BL13XUSurface and Interface StructuresX-ray Diffraction and Scattering I
BL14B2Engineering Science Research IIXAFS II
BL19B2Engineering Science Research IX-ray Diffraction and Scattering II
BL40B2Structural Biology IISAXS BM
BL41XUStructural Biology IMacromolecular Crytallography I
BL45XUStructural Biology IIIMacromolecular Crytallography II
BL46XUEngineering Science Research IIIHAXPES II

1.7 Applicable Beamlines Widened for Sixannual Calls

Starting in the 2022B term, nine public beamlines invite proposals six times annually, including the beamlines previously intended for industrial application. Please note that each beamline is open to specific review fields.

1.8 Change in Application Requirement for BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU

Available proposals for BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU were limited only to the industrial application field, but from 2022B onward, submissions are open to additional review fields. See Table at 1.7.

1.9 Proposal Application Form for the Industrial Application

The proposals for the Industrial Application field are to choose the application forms respectively as follows:
Former “General Proposal for Industrial Application to “General Proposal”
Former “Budding Researchers Support Proposal for Industrial Application” to “Budding Researchers Support Proposal”
Please be sure to select “Industrial Application” as the Group of the Review Field in the Basic Information of the application form.

1.10 Beamtime Allocation at BL28B2

Due to installing new equipment, 30 shifts will be deducted from the 2022B Beamtime at BL28B2. We appreciate your kind understanding.

1.11 Call for Long-Term Proposals

There is no call for long-term valid Proposals for the 2022B term, including One-Year Proposal, Long-Term Proposal, and Partner User Proposal.

2. Requirements

2.1 User Registration (Not Required of Repeat Users)

To submit an application online, you must have obtained a user account (user card ID number and password) by registering yourself. Please make sure that not only project leaders/applicants but also all project team members are registered as SPring-8 users. If you are not registered as a SPring-8 user, click here to register.

Note: Registration information is also used for contact. If any of your registration information changes, you must update it from the UI site.

    Top Page > My Page Login > Account Information > Edit My Details & SPRUC Research Groups

2.2 Application for Beamtime

Applicants/project leaders are required to submit proposals online from the User Information website (UI site) through the web-based proposal submission system.

Log in to the system with your user card ID number and password. If you have not obtained your user card ID number, please complete user registration first. Please note that only the project leaders can submit proposals. Before starting the application process, project leaders must make sure that all project team members have completed user registration.

To avoid losing work in the event of a browser crash or unexpected logout, you are strongly encouraged to first draft your application offline using the MS Word template available from here.

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

[Important Notes]

a. Project Leader

A project leader is the person who will have overall responsibility throughout the experiment at SPring-8. The project leader and the person who is responsible for the research may not be the same person. Likewise, the project leader need not be the first author for SPring-8-related publications.

b. Application Type (New/One-Year (accepted for B terms only))

If you wish to apply for a one-year proposal, which (a) is applicable only for non-proprietary General Proposals with use of certain limited BLs and Budding Researchers Support Proposals, (b) may allow you to use beamtime in two consecutive research terms (starting at B terms and ending at A terms), and (c) is applicable only in B terms (no call for A terms), choose One-Year as Application Type.

c. Use of Multiple Beamlines

Applicants wishing to use more than one beamline must submit a separate application for each beamline. Submitting multiple applications is not detrimental to applicants if it is deemed appropriate to use more than one beamline. In such a case, applicants may use the same wording in the abstract page of the applications.

d. Number of Shifts Required (8 h/shift)

Generally, beamtime is allocated in increments of 3 shifts; however, the minimum allocatable beamtime is 0.25 shifts for BL41XU and BL45XU, 1 shift for BL26B1/B2, and 1.5 shifts (or 0.25 shifts for Automatic Data Collection without a visit) for BL32XU. Similarly, the minimum allocatable beamtime is 3 shifts for EM01CT/EM02CT. If you need assistance in calculating how many shifts are necessary for your research, please contact the Beamline Scientist.

e. List of SPring-8 Publications (Repeat Users Only)

List the project leader’s publication (maximum 3) associated with the proposed research (Place an asterisk next to the publications based on research at the SPring-8.) and describe each publication briefly. In addition, put the project leader’s ORCID iD if available. (ORCID iD will be used to understand the project leader’s past research activities which is not directly related to the proposed research.)

f. High Pressure Gas Cylinder

If you wish to bring in a high-pressure gas cylinder, please make sure to provide all required information in the online application:
[Known Safety Hazards & Measures to Be Taken]
“Does your proposed research involve any of the following?” > Check the box for “High pressure gas cylinder.” Then, fill out the “Details of samples” table properly. Please be advised that if you attempt to bring in a high-pressure gas cylinder without providing the required information in the application, there may be restrictions on the cylinder to be brought into the site during the administrative procedures required by the High Pressure Gas Safety Act.

g. Mode Operation

For details on options for Mode Operations, please click here.

2.3 Radiation Worker Registration

Japanese Law (Ordinance on Prevention of Ionizing Radiation Hazards) requires SPring-8 users, excluding non-visiting users using Measurement Service/PX-BL Automatic Data Collection, to be registered as SPring-8 radiation workers. To complete your registration, you must submit a “Radiation Worker Registration Form (Form 5-1)” by post at least 10 days before your visit. Once registered, submission of this form is not required for return visits within the same fiscal year (from April 1 to March 31 of the following year). For details, click here.

2.4 Others

  • – Safety Precaution
    For your safety, do not work alone. Please include the name of your project team members in the online proposal application and make sure to work in a group of two or more.
  • – Cancellation of Beamtime
    Please be advised that your scheduled beamtime may be cancelled in case of emergencies such as equipment failure, natural disaster, and pandemic. In such cases, users cannot claim compensation for the lost beamtime.
  • – General Insurance and Compensation
    Users shall take out appropriate personal injury and liability insurance before conducting experiments. If their project teams include students, they shall make sure that all the students take out appropriate personal injury and liability insurance. If users damage SPring-8 facilities, equipment or persons, either willfully or through gross negligence, JASRI may require them to meet all or part of the cost of repairs. JASRI shall take due account of all relevant circumstances in determining the degree of user liability.

3. Fees (Tax Included)

Fees for public beamline use and user fees are summarized in the Table 3. Fees for Public Beamline Use & User Fees.

3.1 Beamtime Fee

[Non-proprietary Research]

Type of feePer shift*
Beamtime feeUsers are exempt from paying the fee

Note: For research to be considered non-proprietary, users are required to disseminate their research results through refereed journals or equivalent and register the results with the SPring-8 Publications Database within three years from the end of the half-year research term. For details, click here.

[Proprietary Research]

Regular Use

Type of feePer shift*
Beamtime fee480,000 yen

Time-Designated Use

Type of feePer shift*
Beamtime fee + 50% premium720,000 yen

N.B. In 2022B term, beamtime Fees of CryoTEMs for regular and time-designated use are 80,000 yen/shift (8 hours) and 120,000 yen/shift (8 hours), respectively.

3.2 Program Fee for Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal

Intended for non-proprietary research projects that have been reviewed and approved for a research grant, non-proprietary grant-aided proposals are exempt from scientific review, and only the technical feasibility and the safety of the experiment and ethics (e.g. exclusively for peaceful purposes) are reviewed and are available on the payment of program fee.
For any proposals that are allocated by the hour, the beamtime fee is charged by the hour.

Type of feePer shift*
Program fee for non-proprietary grant-aided proposal131,000 yen

N.B. In 2022B term, beamtime Fee of CryoTEMs for Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal is 22,000 yen/shift (8 hours).

3.3 User Fees

Public beamline users, including CryoTEM users, are required to pay the fees to cover the costs of beamline maintenance/operation and consumables actually used (user fees). User fees are composed of a fixed fee charged for wear and tear on the facility and a variable fee charged for liquid He.

Fixed Fee

Type of feePer shift*
User fee (fixed)10,720 yen

Variable Fee

  • A variable fee will be calculated and added in accordance with the amount of liquid helium actually used.

* 1 shift is 8 hours and for any proposals that are allocated by the hour, the fees are charged by the hour.

Important: We will cover the costs for Budding Researchers Support Proposals and Long Term Graduate Student Proposals from domestic universities within the budget. Please note that the variable fee is not always covered when it exceeds the limit of the budget.
Click here for more details.

4. List of Beamline Summaries

Research areas and experimental stations/facilities available to users at each beamline are listed below. For the specifications and status of experimental stations, please also refer to the Beamline List. If you have questions, please contact the Beamline Scientist.
Table 4. List of Beamline Summaries

5. Contact

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