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Call for 2019B Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application

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Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) have launched the call for Cross-SR Facility Use Proposal for Industrial Application for BL14B2 (Engineering Science Research II), BL19B2 (Engineering Science Research I) and BL46XU (Engineering Science Research III), which are intended exclusively for industrial applications, from 2018A term. Please read the following instructions in full before preparing your application. If you wish to submit a General Proposal for Industrial Application, please read the "Call for 2019B General Proposals for Industrial Application)."

Before applying, please also read the "Call for 2019B SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-."

 IMPORTANT   Please note that financial support of user fees for non-proprietary beamtime users from foreign organizations will be no longer available from 2019B term. Similarly, domestic travel, lodging expenses and user fees support will be no longer available for Budding Researchers Support Proposal from foreign organizations. These expenses and fees have to be borne by the users themselves.
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.

 Note  Please ensure to refer to the List of Beamline Summaries before preparing application because there may be possible changes in available experimental devices at Beamlines due to replacements, removals and other reasons. In addition, prior consultation with Beamline scientist is essential for some Beamlines.

We accept applications from industrial user for not only “Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application”, but also “General Proposals for Industrial Application” and “Industrial Application Proposal using Advanced technology.” List of proposal types for Industrial application in 2019B term is shown below.

  Non-proprietary research Proprietary research
Proposal Type General Proposal for Industrial Application Cross-SR Facility User Proposal for Industrial Application Industrial Application Proposals Using Advanced Technology General Proposal (Proprietary research) Measurement Service Feasibility Study Proposals for Industrial Application
Descriptions Industrial Application proposal Industrial application proposal that are expected to produce outstanding results through the research results from other domestic Synchrotron Radiation Facilities. Industrial application proposal to promote problem-solving and discovery of needs for new applications in industries by utilizing advanced measurement technologies that are new to project leader.   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. XAFS Measurement Service (BL14B2)Powder X-ray Diffraction Measurement Service (BL19B2)Small Angle Scattering (SAXS) Measurement Service (BL19B2)Hard X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (HAXPES) Measurement Service (BL46XU) Thin Film Analysis (GIXD/XRR) Measurement Service (BL46XU) 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. All 3 Engineering Science Research Beamlines (BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU) are available and all measurement techniques at these beamlines are available to this proposal.
Available BLs 26 Public BLs and 9 Riken BLs BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU (BLs intended for industrial applications) 23 Public BLs and 9 Riken BLs (BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU excluded) 26 Public BLs and 9 Riken BLs BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU (BLs intended for industrial applications) BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU (BLs intended for industrial applications)
Application Requirement Your application must include at least one person out of a project leader and project team members who is an employee of a private company or related institution. ① Your application must include at least one person out of a project leader and project team members who is an employee of a private company or related institution.
② On the basis of the experimental results obtained at synchrotron radiation facilities other than SPring-8 in Japan, we will review the proposals for industrial applications that are suitable to be carried out at SPring-8※1(the experiments related to a proposal should have been approved or performed at domestic facilities other than SPring-8 at the time of application).
① Your application must include at least one person out of a project leader and project team members who is an employee of a private company or related institution.
② Proposal must be based on measurement techniques that have never been used before by project leaders at SPring-8※1(If you are not sure, please apply for this proposal.).
③ To discuss the feasibility and concrete implementation method, please make sure to consult with the BL scientist before submitting your proposal.
    For prospective users or users considering new measurement techniques
Review Field Industrial Application -
Proposal Review Six times per year for BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU
For other BLs twice per year
Six times per year Twice per year Six times per year for BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU
For other BLs twice per year
Any time Any time
Beamtime fee - 480,000 yen/shift※2 180,000 yen/2 hours※2 90,000 yen/hour※2

※1 If your proposal does not meet application requirement, it will then be reviewed as a General Proposal for Industrial Application.
※2 Tax included.

Contents
1. What is Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application?
2. Research Period, Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users
   2.1 Research Period
   2.2 Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users
3. Several Bunch Mode Operation
4. Proposal Submission
5. Submission Deadline for Online Proposals: June 20, 2019, 10:00 am (Japan Time)
6. Proposal Review
7. Notification of Review Results
8. Publication of Research Results
9. Experiment Summary Report
10. Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application Report
11. Others
   11.1 User Fees
   11.2 Intellectual Property Rights
   11.3 Bioethics and Safety
   11.4 Protection of Human Rights and Interests
12. Complementary Use
13. Deadline for Proposals 2019B Second and Third Periods
14. Consultation
15. Contact (for questions about online proposal submission)



1. What is Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application?

Recently, several synchrotron radiation facilities intended for industrial applications have been established in Japan and, therefore, the opportunity to use synchrotron radiation for industrial applications has markedly increased. Along with this increase in opportunity, matching the needs of users in industrial circles in terms of the performance and system of use of each facility has become more and more important. However, the users of each facility tend to be the same and may have not fully utilized the characteristics of the facilities yet. For the purpose of carrying out experiments at SPring-8 and other synchrotron radiation facilities, while fully utilizing their characteristics and deepening and enhancing their achievements, we designated the Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application as a priority field of the priority research program on 25 September 2017. This will also increase the number of users of synchrotron radiation in industrial circles.

IMPORTANT:
On the basis of the experimental results obtained at synchrotron radiation facilities other than SPring-8 in Japan, we will review the proposals for industrial applications that are suitable to be carried out at SPring-8 (the experiments related to a proposal should have been approved or performed at domestic facilities other than SPring-8 at the time of application).

In addition, your application must include at least one person out of a project leader and project team members who is an employee of a private company or related institution. Related institutions by our definition are (1) public testing laboratories, and (2) incorporated foundations/associations whose main business are contract services of experiments/researches for private companies.

Note 1: We categorize national/private universities, independent administrative institutions, special public corporations, and public corporations as neither (1) nor (2).
Note 2: JASRI falls into neither (1) nor (2).

If you are not sure that your application will meet these requirements, please contact the Industrial Application Division (see 14. Consultation). Non-Proprietary Proposal for Industrial Application, which does not meet these requirements, should be submitted as General Proposals for Industrial Application.

2. Research Period, Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users


2.1 Research Period

First Period of 2019B (from late September to early November 2019)

There are three calls for Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application during each half-year research term (six calls for proposals annually). This time, beamtime is allocated during the above period. The beamtime schedule is arranged after the proposal approval process.

2.2 Beamlines and Beamtime Available to Users

Beamline No. Experimental Methods & Equipment Available Beamtime
BL14B2 XAFS, X-ray imaging up to16%
BL19B2 powder diffraction, multi-axis diffractometer, small angle (ultra-small angle) X-ray scattering up to16%
BL46XU 8-axis X-ray diffractometer (HUBER), hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy system (R-4000, Scienta Omicron) up to16%

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 questions about the experimental station, please contact the Beamline Scientist of the beamline of interest before applying for beamtime.

3. Several Bunch Mode Operation

Since the influences of Several Bunch Mode Operation on experiments at BL14B2, BL19B2 and BL46XU are negligible, requests for Several Bunch Mode Operation will not be considered in Proposal Review.

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 2019B SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-."

To submit the 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.

IMPORTANT:
Unlike other types of proposals, emphasis is placed on particular criteria in reviewing Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application (see 6. Proposal Review): so please download a MS Word template, provide all required information according to the instructions provided in the template, and copy and paste into the online application form (since there are discrepancies between the required items on the online application form and in the template).

User Information Website (UI site) > Log in to My Page > Application/Reporting > Proposal/Use Plan Submission > New > Non-Proprietary Research > Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application > START

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

[Multiple Applications]
You cannot submit the same application for 2019B beamtime as a General Proposal, or a priority Industrial Application Proposal Using Advanced Technology. If your Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application is rejected, it will then be reviewed as a General Proposal for Industrial Application.

5. Submission Deadline for Online Proposals


Thursday, June 20, 2019, 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 15. 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.

UI site > Log in to My Page > Application/Reporting > Proposal/Use Plan Submission > Submitted

6. Proposal Review

The submitted proposals are evaluated by the SPring-8 Proposal Review Committee (SPring-8 PRC) consisting of experts from industry and academia, and proposals that are rated excellent in light of the aims of Cross-SR Facility Use for Industrial Application are selected. The review sessions are closed to the public; however, we make sure that a reviewer who has a conflict of interest with a proposal would not be assigned to review the proposal in question. In addition, all current and retired reviewers are under an obligation of confidentiality: they are required not to disclose to any third party any information relating to the submitted proposals and the proposal review/selection process acquired as reviewers and to manage such information with the care of a good manager. Please note that questions about the status of review process are not acceptable.

The SPring-8 PRC evaluates proposals focusing on the following points:
1. Scientific and technological significance
 - Potential and significance of the expected results in terms of technologies for industrial base
 - Social significance of the proposal and the contribution to social economy
2. Necessity of SPring-8 as a research tool
3. Technical feasibility of the proposal
4. Safety of the experiment

7. Notification of Review Results

Applicants will be notified of the review results by electric mails at early August 2019.

8. Publication of Research Results

You are mandated to (1) publish your research outcomes from the use of SPring-8 in a refereed journal (incl. refereed proceedings, and dissertations), a SPring-8/SACLA Research Report (SRR) refereed by JASRI, or a technical journal approved by JASRI, and then (2) register the publications with the Publications Database within three years after the end of the research term. In the publications, please clearly state that the results were obtained from the use of the SPring-8 specifying the relevant experiment title and number.

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

For details, click here.

9. Experiment Summary Report

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.

In addition to an experiment summary report, users also need to submit an Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application Report as explained below.

10. Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application Report (CSFPR)

In order to efficiently promote industrial researches at SPring-8, we will ask for your contribution to the CSFPRs summarizing the outcomes from your Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application. We will accept an e-copy of the report preferably in MS-Word format by email or post. Detailed instruction will be included in the document to be sent by the Users Office after the proposal’s approval.

After an editorial review, not peer-reviews, by a coordinators in charge, every report will be made available online and in print later than six months after the end of the research term. You will have a good chance to present your research outcomes at SPring-8 Industrial Application Symposium to be scheduled after the CSFPRs have been accumulated to a certain number. Besides, we may ask for your permission to appropriately utilize your research outcomes for our PR purposes.

[Relationship of Cross-SR Facility Use Proposals for Industrial Application Report (CSFPR) and SPring-8/SACLA Research Report (SRR)]
An CSFPR does not fall into any type of “publications” defined in “8. Publication of Research Results”. Examples of “publications” are a scientific paper in refereed journals, refereed proceedings, the SRRs, and technical journals. If you wish to publish your research outcomes in the SRRs, you need to notify the Users Office of your will when you submit an CSFPR. In this case, your CSFPR will not be issued as a original one. The SRR will be reprinted in an issue of the CSFPRs instead of your original CSFPR. We do not treat your CSFPR in this way without your notification to the Users Office upon the submission.

11. Others

11.1 User Fees
For information about User Fees, read the "Call for 2019B SPring-8 Research Proposals - Overview -."

Important: Although JASRI will support users by covering the user fees for certain types of proposals, there will be no financial support available for non-proprietary beamtime users from foreign organizations, including Budding Researchers Support Proposals, from 2019B term.

Click here for more details.

11.2 Intellectual Property Rights
Any intellectual property rights resulting from the use of SPring-8 belong to those who conducted the research. If JASRI staff are included in the project team members, please contact the Industrial Application Division (see 14. Consultation).

11.3 Bioethics and Safety
To ensure bioethics and safety, some types of experiments require the approval, document submission, and confirmation of the director of an applicant's organization. If you wish to conduct such experiments, please make sure to follow the established procedures. In the event that users fail to follow the procedures or to conform to the guidelines of Japan, their proposals will be removed from consideration or the approval for beamtime will be cancelled.

11.4 Protection of Human Rights and Interests
If a proposed research involves R&D or research activities requiring the agreement/cooperation from the other parties or social consensus, please make sure to implement appropriate procedures before proposal submission regarding the protection of human rights and interests.

12. Complementary Use

We also invite SPring-8 General Proposals for complementary use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF (neutron facility) or the supercomputer (K). For details, please refer to the "Call for 2019B SPring-8 Research Proposals in Complementary Use with SACLA, J-PARC MLF or the K computer."

13. Deadline for Proposals 2019B Second and Third Periods

Deadline for proposals to be conducted during the second period (mid-November – December 2019) and the third period (January – February 2020), are scheduled at early September and early November, respectively.

14. Consultation

The coordinators and other Industrial Application Division staff are available for consultation. If you have questions about the feasibility of your experiment, research methods, research planning, etc., please send your questions directly to support@spring8.or.jp.

15. Contact (for questions about online proposal submission)

SPring-8 Users Office/JASRI
1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 Japan
E-mail: sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp

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