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Second Call for 2022B Proposals the Beamlines with Sixannual Calls Closed

Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) announces the call for proposals for the beamtime of the second period of 2022B at the Beamlines with sixannual calls (BL01B1, BL02B1, BL02B2, BL09XU, BL13XU, BL14B2, BL19B2, BL46XU, and BL47XU). For the second period of 2022B (from mid-November to mid-December 2022), General Proposals, Budding Researchers Support Proposals, Proprietary General Proposals, and Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals are accepted.

NOTE:
– Applications for General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals are only to be reviewed in the designated fields. Please see the “3. The Review Fields for General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals“.
– As for General Proposals (industrial applications only) and Budding Researchers Support Proposals (industrial application only), proposals for complementary use with SACLA (X-ray Free Electron Laser facility), J-PARC MLF (neutron facility) or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku are included. Please follow the guidelines and instructions below when applying.

Submission Deadline for Online Proposals: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10:00 am (Japan Time)

 IMPORTANT 

  1. 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.
  2. Due to beamline refurbishment, there will be no call for the third period of 2022B at BL46XU.

Contents

  1. Beamlines and the Number of Shifts Available to Users
  2. Types of Proposals Invited
      2.1 General Proposals
      2.2 Budding Researchers Support Proposals
      2.3 Proprietary General Proposals
      2.4 Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals
  3. The Review Fields for General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals
  4. Proposal Submission (Click here for a MS Word template.) *Select “2022B-II” as the Term
  5. Required Documents for Each Proposal Tyle
  6. Deadlines
      6.1 Submission Deadline for Online Proposals
      6.2 Submission Deadline for Required Documents
  7. Proposal Review
  8. Notification of Review Results
  9. Publication of Research Results
  10. Experiment Summary Report
  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 Switch from Non-Proprietary to Proprietary Research
  12. Advance Notice of Call for Proposals 2022B Third Period
  13. Contact

1. Beamlines and the Number of Shifts Available to Users

Research Period / 2nd period of 2022B from mid-November to mid-December 2022

Please note that proposals requiring special conditions, such as bunch mode designation, may not necessarily be assigned to this research period. The bunch mode schedule is available here.

Beamline No.Available Shifts*
BL01B1, BL02B1, BL02B2, BL09XU, BL13XU, BL14B2, BL19B2, BL46XUApprox. 69 shifts
BL47XU**Approx. 6 shifts

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

**Only for proposals using the installed imaging equipment

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 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.

2. Types of Proposals Invited

2.1 General Proposals

The General Proposals is for non-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. For research to be considered non-proprietary, users must submit a SPring-8 Experiment Summary Report within 60 days of the completion of each experiment to make the results available to the public.
If you wish to submit a General Proposal for Industrial Application, please select “Industrial Application” as the Group of the Review Field in the Basic Information of the application form. In addition, please read the instruction carefully in “General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals Intended to Be Reviewed in the Industrial Application Field” for its peculiar conditions, including the affiliation of project leader/collaborator, review criteria, and reports.

2.2 Budding Researchers Support Proposals

The Budding Researchers Support Program is the research proposal using SPring-8 installed synchrotron radiation with a broad wavelength range spanning infrared light to X-rays and advanced measurement systems (same as General Proposals) and intends to encourage budding researchers who will shape the future of synchrotron radiation research. Under the program, we will support graduate students with an exploratory and original research proposal or theme.
Please confirm the eligibility at the “Call for 2022B Budding Researchers Support Proposals“.

2.3 Proprietary General Proposals

The Proprietary General Proposal is for proprietary research. The submitted proposals are reviewed only from the viewpoint of feasibility, safety, and conformity to the Science and Technology Basic Law and social norms by a limited number of reviewers, who have accepted an obligation of confidentiality. Users have no obligation to publish their results. Proprietary research is recommended for users dealing with confidential information or experimental samples.

2.4 Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals

The Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Program is intended for research proposals that require the use of SPring-8 and have already been reviewed and approved for a research grant. Under the program, the proposals will be granted an exemption from scientific review; only the safety and technical feasibility of the experiment, the necessity to use SPring-8, and ethics (e.g. exclusively for peaceful purposes) are considered. The beamtime for this program is limited to 20% of user beamtime for each beamline (at RIKEN beamlines, 20% of each user beamtime for public use). The maximum beamtime allocated to a single research grant is half the limit above, including cases where more than one proposal have been submitted.
Please confirm the application requirements at the “Call for 2022B Non-Proprietary Grant-aided Proposals”.

3. The Review Fields for General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals

Each Beamline has designated review fields for General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals, indicated below. Please note that any proposal with the wrong review field selected is unaccepted and will be asked for change.

4. 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 2022B SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-“.

User Information Website (UI site) › My Page Login › Create and Edit Proposal Application Form › New

Attention:
 To apply for the 2022B second period, you must select “2022B-II” as the Term when creating an online application.

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

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 here.

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.

5. Required Documents for Each Proposal Type

– General Proposals

No accompanying documents are necessary.

– Budding Researchers Support Proposals

Agreement (Rules for Users)
Upon successful online proposal submission, you will receive a copy of it attached in a confirmation email. Please sign by the project leader and his/her Ph.D. advisor.

– Proprietary General Proposals

Proprietary Use Agreement for Public Beamline
Please make sure to sign the document.

– Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals

SPring-8 Program Fee Payment Agreement/Supplementary Information, and research purpose and research plan
Please make sure to sign the document.

To submit the document(s), visit the webpage below and click the “Agreement” button for the submitted proposal and upload the PDF file. If there is any problem with uploading a file, please send the PDF file by email to the Users Office (see 13. Contact).
User Information Website (UI site) › My Page Login › Create and Edit Proposal Application › Submitted Proposals

6. Deadlines

6.1 Submission Deadline for Online Proposals

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10:00 am (Japan time)

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 13. Contact) before the deadline.

6.2 Submission Deadline for Required Documents

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 10:00 am (Japan time)

7. Proposal Review

– General Proposal (non-proprietary) and Budding Researchers Support Proposals

The scientific and technological value, the degree of expectation to produce results, the necessity of SPring-8 as a research tool, 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. Please read the instruction of “General Proposals and Budding Researchers Support Proposals Intended to Be Reviewed in the Industrial Application Field“.

– Proprietary General Proposals

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

– Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals

The safety and technical feasibility of the experiment, the necessity to use SPring-8, and ethics (e.g., exclusively for peaceful purposes) will be considered. Approved proposals are given beamtime so far as beamtime available to this program permits.

8. Notification of Review Results

Review results will be available on the “My Page” of the UI site in early October 2022.

7. Publication of Research Results (All Non-Proprietary Proposals)

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.

User Information Website (UI site) > My Page Login > Publications Entry

For details, click here.

10. Experiment Summary Report (All Non-Proprietary Proposals)

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, please click here.
In addition to an experiment summary report, users with a non-proprietary General Proposal for Industrial Application also need to submit an Industrial Application Proposal Report. Please refer to the details here.

11. Others

11.1 Fees

For information about beamtime fee and user fees, please see the “Call for 2022B SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-.

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 and Budding Researchers Support 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 2022B SPring-8 Research Proposals in Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku

11.3 Switch from Non-Proprietary to Proprietary Research

You may request to switch the research type of your approved General Proposal* from non-proprietary to proprietary by shift unit within 60 days of the completion of the experiment or the end of the fiscal year (the end of March), whichever comes first. For details, click here. *As for other types of proposals, the switch is not allowed.

12. Advance Notice of Call for Proposals 2022B Third Period (mid-January – February 2023)

The deadline for proposals, including the Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal, to be carried out during the third period of 2022B is scheduled for early November 2022.

13. Contact

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