If you are interested in using SPring-8, please read the following information carefully before applying.
Special policies will be introduced for research proposals and beamtimes for 2021A term in order to minimize the effects of beamtime cancellations due to COVID-19. Please make sure to check here.
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.
1. Research Term
SPring-8 operates for 2 half-year research terms (A term and B term) each year. A term, the first half of a fiscal year, typically spans from April to August (incl. summer maintenance period); and B term, the second half, is usually from September to March (incl. winter maintenance period).
|e.g.||A Term 202*||from April 1 to August 31, 202*|
|B Term 202*||from September 1, 202* to March 31, 202*|
At the beamlines intended for industrial applications (BL14B2, BL19B2, and BL46XU), however, A and B terms are further divided into three periods.
2. Types of Research
There are two types of research available at SPring-8: non-proprietary and proprietary research.
Users have no obligation to publish their research results. In return, proprietary users are required to pay the fee for the beamtime used (See 7.1 Beamtime Fee). Submitted proposals are reviewed only from the viewpoint of technical feasibility, safety of experiment, sociality and ethicality.
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 publish their results with proper acknowledgement and register the published works with the SPring-8 Publications Database within three years from the end of the research term.
3. Types of Proposals
We offer a variety of types of proposals each with distinctive characteristics to suit your research needs as shown in the table below. For further details, please click here.
|Type of Proposal||Descriptions (Proposal Deadline/Proprietary Research)|
|General Proposal||For general research using synchrotron radiation. For some BLs, one-year proposals are accepted for research term B. (twice a year**/available)|
|Budding Researchers Support Proposal||Intended for doctoral students (at the time of experiment) with an exploratory and original research proposal or research theme. Excluding some BLs, one-year proposals are accepted for research term B.(twice a year**/not available)|
|Long-Term Proposal||For research projects that are expected to produce outstanding results through the long-term use of SPring-8. Submitted proposals need to go through a two-stage review process of application screening and interview. Once approved, proposals are valid for two years. (once a year(only in B term)/not available)***|
|Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal||For research proposals that have been reviewed and approved for a large research grant available in Japan. Program fee will be charged.(twice a year**/not available)|
|Urgent Proposal*||Designed for users with an urgent and critical need to carry out non-proprietary experiments of great public significance. (none/not available)|
|Time-Designated Proposal*||Intended for users wishing to conduct proprietary research in a particular time period. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. (none/proprietary only)|
|Measurement Service*||The staff of JASRI will perform measurements on behalf of users, and users can choose whether to come to SPring-8 and be present during the measurements or to simply send their samples to SPring-8. (none/proprietary only)|
|Feasibility Study Proposal for Industrial Application*||Intended for industrial users wishing to judge the usefulness of SPring-8 or to examine the measurement condition of samples and so on. Two hours is the maximum number of available beamtime for a single proposal. (none/proprietary only)|
|Partner User Proposal||Proposals that the Partner User assigned by review committee carry out relating to public BL facility development/upgrade. (once a year (only in B term)/not available)***|
|Epoch-Making Initiatives Proposal||For research projects carried out by research groups to develop unexplored fields. Submitted research groups need to go through a two-stage review process of application screening and interview. Once approved, the research groups are valid for two years. (once a year (only in A term)/not available)***|
*If you are considering submitting an urgent proposal, a time-designated proposal, a measurement service proposal or a feasibility study proposal for industrial application, please contact the Beamline Scientist of the beamline of interest in advance for the availability of beamtime.
** Six times a year for the beamlines intended for industrial applications (BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU)
*** Please note that proposal submission deadlines have been changed from FY2020.
4. Project Leader Eligibility
[All types of proposals except for Budding Researchers Support Proposal]
Eligible individuals are those who can complete radiation worker registration before using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8 and be responsible for experiments carried out at SPring-8 as a leader. Please note that students are not eligible.
[Budding Researchers Support Proposal]
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 is your only choice (as a project team member, you can participate in any research projects). You may be a master’s or doctoral student at the time of proposal submission; but you must maintain your doctoral student status at the time of experiment. Otherwise, your proposal will be switched to a general proposal.
From 2019B term, domestic travel, lodging expenses and user fees support has not been available for Budding Researchers Support Proposal from foreign organizations.
5. Beamlines Available to Users
All 26 SPring-8 public beamlines and 11 RIKEN beamlines are available to users. Use the following links for the list of beamlines available to users by type of proposal:
To check the specs of the beamlines, click here.
6. Beamtime Available to Users
Maximum percentages of allocable beamtime (varies by type of proposals) are summarized in the following Table 3.
Table 3. Maximum Percentages of Allocable Beamtime
7. Fees (Tax Included)
Fees for public beamline use and user fees are summarized in the the table 4 below.
Table 4. Fees for Public Beamline Use and User Fees
– Users are exempt from paying the beamtime fee.
Note: Users are required to publish their research in a refereed journal or equivalent (refereed proceedings, Doctoral thesis, etc.) and register the publications with the Publications Database within three years from the end of the research term for their research to be considered non-proprietary. For details, please click here.
– Regular Use: 480,000 yen/shift (8 hours), 60,000 yen/hour (incl. tax)
– Time-Designated Use: 720,000 yen/shift (8 hours), 90,000 yen/hour (incl. tax, regular fee + 50% premium)
7.2 Program Fee for Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposal
– Program Fee: 131,000 yen/shift (8 hours) , 16,375 yen/hour (incl. tax)
Intended for non-proprietary research projects that have been reviewed and approved for a large research grant, Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals are exempt from scientific review, and only the technical feasibility and the safety of the experiment, the necessity of SPring-8 as a research tool, 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.
7.3 User Fees
Public beamline users are required to pay the fees to cover the costs of 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: 10,720 yen/ shift (8 hours) , 1,340 yen/hour (incl. tax)
For any proposals that are allocated by the hour, the fixed fee is charged by the hour.
– Variable Fee: calculated based on the amount of liquid He actually used
Important: Although JASRI will support users by covering the user fees for certain types of proposals, there has been no financial support available for non-proprietary beamtime users from foreign organizations, including Budding Researchers Support Proposals, from 2019B term. Please refer to the call for proposals for your eligibility in receiving the support.
Click here for more details about the user fees.
8.1 User Registration (Not Required of Repeat Users)
To submit an application online, you need to 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 your registration details change, please update your account from the UI site.
Front Page > My Page (login required) > “Edit My Details” link in the top left hand corner
*All users, including repeat users, are encouraged to register to SPring-8 Users Community (SPRUC) Research Group.
8.2 Application for Beamtime/Proposal Submission
Applicants (project leaders) are required to submit proposals online from the User Information website (UI site) through the web-based proposal submission system.
UI site: http://user2.spring8.or.jp/en/
Log in to My Page with your user card ID number and password. Please note that only the project leaders can submit proposals.
It is possible that the web browser crashes while working on an application, so you are strongly encouraged to draft your application offline first using a MS Word template downloadable from here.
For step-by-step instructions on how to submit proposals, please click here.
JASRI generally launches the call for proposals twice a year with the following deadlines. For specific dates, please refer to the call for proposals announced in around May (for B term) and November (for A term of the following year).
• General and Budding Researchers Support Proposals:
– A Term: around early December (*around late March and mid-May for the second and the third periods of A term, respectively)
– B Term: around mid-June (*around mid-September and early November for the second and the third periods of B term, respectively)
• Long-Term Proposals:
About two weeks before the deadlines for general and other proposals (only for B term).*
• Non-Proprietary Grant-Aided Proposals:
About two weeks before the deadlines for general and other proposals for the first period of each term. Deadlines of proposals for the second and third periods at Engineering Science Research BLs are set at the same as general proposals.
• Partner User Proposals:
A Term: around early April (only for B term).*
• Epoch-Making Initiatives Proposal (Research Group):
B Term: around late October (only for A term).*
• Urgent, Time-Designated Proposals, Measurement Service, and Feasibility Study Proposals for Industrial Application:
We accept applications on a rolling basis (no specific submission deadline). Please allow at least three weeks for processing (from the date of application until you can carry out your experiment). For details please click here.
*Please note that proposal submission deadlines have been changed from FY2020.
10.1 Radiation Worker Registration
The 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. For details, click here.
10.2 Safety Precaution
For your safety, do not work alone. Please include your project team member in the online proposal application and make sure to work in a group of two or more.
10.3 Reduction/Cancellation of Beamtime
Please be advised that your scheduled beamtime may be reduced or cancelled in emergencies such as equipment failure and natural disaster. In such cases, users cannot claim compensation for the lost beamtime.
10.4 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.
SPring-8 Users Office
Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute
1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 JAPAN
Phone: +81-791-58-0961 Fax: +81-791-58-0965