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Call for 2023A SPring-8 Research Proposals – Overview –

     Special Notes 
  1. Special policy will be applied to 2023A term proposals in order to minimize the effects of beamtime cancellations. Please make sure to check here.
  2. 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. 2023A User Operation
  2. Requirements
  3. Fees (Tax Included)
  4. List of Beamline Summaries
  5. Contact

1. 2023A User Operation

1.1 Beamtime Available to Users and Period of Research in 2023A

1.1.1 Beamtime Available to Users

 267 beamtime shifts for 2023A
  Please note that it is subject to change with the situation of the electricity supply.

1.1.2 Period of Research (tentative)

 [At Beamlines with biannual calls for proposals]

 2022B Term: From April to early August 2023

 [At Beamlines with sixannual calls for proposals]

 2023A-I Term : From April to late May 2023
 2023A-II Term : From late May to early July 2023
 2023A-III Term : From early July to early August 2023

* 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.

1.2 Types of Research and Proposals Available for 2023A 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 Graduate Student 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 2023A Beamtime]

Proprietary Research

Type of ProposalDescriptionsFrequency for call
Proprietary 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. Twice/six times a year
Graduate Student ProposalIntended for doctoral students (at the time of experiment) with an exploratory and original research proposal or research theme. 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. Proposals are accepted for research term B.Once a year
Non-Proprietary Priority ProposalIntended for the proposals subject to pay the program fee to prioritize using the beamtime. The users also have obligation to publish their research results. Under the program, the proposals will be granted an exemption from scientific review; only the safety and technical feasibility of the experiment, the degree of expectation to produce results and ethics (e.g., exclusively for peaceful purposes) are considered. One-year proposals are accepted for research term A.Once/twice/six times a year

[Submission Deadlines (Japan Time)]

  • Proprietary Proposals and Non-Proprietary Priority Proposals: November 17, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed Agreement must be received before November 25, 2022.
  • General Proposals, Graduate Student Proposals: December 8, 2022, 10:00 am
     A signed Agreement for Graduate Student Proposal must be received before December 16, 2022.

1.3 Beamlines Available for 2023A Public Beamtime

Beamlines available for 2023A public beamtime by type of proposal are indicated in Table 2.

Table 2. Beamlines Available for 2023A Beamtime by Type of Proposal (PDF)

For the specifications and status of experimental stations, please check the Beamline List and Table 3. List of Beamline Summaries.

1.4 Several Bunch Mode Operation in 2023A

The several bunch modes scheduled for 2023A are as follows:

  • A-mode: 203 bunches
  • B-mode: 4-bunch train x 84
  • C-mode: 11-bunch train x 29
  • D-mode*: 1/7-filling + 5 bunches
  • E-mode*: 2/29-filling + 26 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 D- and E-modes are operated only in research term A (e.g. 2023A, 2024A). In research term B (e.g. 2023B, 2024B), the F-mode (1/14-filling + 12 bunches) and the G-mode (4/58-filling + 53 bunches) will be operated instead of the D- and E-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
    • Graduate Student 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 2023A SPring-8 Research Proposals for Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or HPCI including the K computer / the supercomputer Fugaku.”

1.6 Changes in Operation of Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal

The “Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal” is renamed “Non-Proprietary Priority Proposal” according to the changes in operations. The requirements for this program have been renewed by abolishing the research grant gained as a mandatory condition. Also, in addition to the regular proposal, the One-Year proposal starts from the 2023A term (accepted only in A terms). The One-Year proposal allows you to use beamtime in two consecutive research terms and enables you to use plural beamlines with one proposal.

1.7 Beamtime Allocation at BL04B2, BL08W, BL14B2, BL39XU, and BL40XU

Due to equipment installment/adjustment, 45 shifts at BL04B2, 9 shifts at BL14B2, and 6 shifts at BL40XU are subducted from 2023A Beamtime. Also, due to hutch installment/replacement, users have no beamtime allocation until early May at BL08W and from early July at BL39XU.

1.8 Refurbishment Work at BL46XU

Due to beamline refurbishment, there is no beamtime available at BL46XU until the third period of 2023A.

1.9 CT Measurement Service at BL28B2

The automatic CT measurement system “aCT 28” at the White Beam X-ray Diffraction Beamline (BL28B2) will be in service in the late 2022B term. Users may apply hourly, likewise with the measurement service at other beamlines.

1.10 Call for Long-Term Graduate Student Proposal

Due to the operation change, there is no call for the Long-Term Graduate Student Proposals this term: The proposals will be accepted only in B terms. The next call will be launched in the 2023B term.

1.11 Beamline Information Update at BL05XU

At the optics hutch at BL05XU, a new instrument will be in service to measure pair distribution functions of materials under high temperature and/or high pressure. For more information, please refer to the Beamline Information website.

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.

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 confirmation within a reasonable time, please login to the proposal system and check if your proposal has been submitted.

[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 A terms only))

If you wish to apply for a one-year proposal, which (a) is applicable only for Non-proprietary Priority Proposals, (b) may allow you to use beamtime in two consecutive research terms (starting in A terms and ending in B terms), and (c) is applicable only in A terms (no call for B 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)

Please also refer to the “Fees for Beamline Use for Proposals” webpage summarizing fees for public beamline use and 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. 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 Priority Proposal

Non-Proprietary Priority 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. Beamtime Fee of CryoTEMs for Non-Proprietary Priority 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 Graduate Student 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 3. List of Beamline Summaries

5. Contact

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