Trial Use Access System Now Open for 2014A

Trial Use Access System Now Open for 2014A

CROSS-Tokai is now accepting proposals and expressions of interest under the Trial Use Access System for the 2014A operations period.

About the CROSS-Tokai Trial Use Access System

A key component of the CROSS-Tokai mission is to promote the use of, and facilitate access to, the neutron Public Beamlines at J-PARC MLF. With this motivation, CROSS-Tokai now offers the Trial Use Access System that aims to encourage and support first-time and novice users of neutron-based experimental techniques.

The specific objectives of the Trial Use System are:


The Trial Use Access System is open to:

What the Trial Use Access System Provides

The Trial Use Access System, via the CROSS-Tokai Science Coordinators and other appropriate staff, offers support through the whole process of facility utilization including:

Beamlines Accessible via the Trial Use System

The Trial Use Access System applies only to the six Public Beamlines of J-PARC MLF supported by CROSS-Tokai, namely:

The 2014A Operations Period

The 2014A operations period that is accessible in the current application round is expected to run from April to November in 2014.

Application Deadline

The latest date for application submissions in the Trial Use Program for 2014A is…

Thursday 17 October 2013.


Persons wishing to submit an application under the Trial Use Access System are encouraged to contact CROSS-Tokai at the earliest possible date in order to allow the maximum time for consultation and proposal preparation.


How to Apply to the Trial Use Access System

The first step in making an application to the Trial Use Access System is to contact CROSS-Tokai.

The easiest way to make contact and submit and enquiry is via CROSShelp.

How the Trial Use system works

  1. Assessment of suitability
    Following initial contact, the research proposal will be assessed by a CROSS-Tokai Science Coordinator for suitability to be accepted within the Trial use system.
  2. Proposal work up
    If the research proposal is assessed to be appropriate for the Trial Use access system, a member of the CROSS-Tokai team will work with the applicant to develop an experimental plan and a full research proposal that will be submitted under the normal General User program of J-PARC⋅MLF via the online proposal submission system.
  3. Proposal Assessment
    Applications submitted under the Trial Use system are reviewed in the same way and to the same standard as proposals submitted in the General User program of the MLF.

Proposals approved under the Trial Use access system will receive a beamtime allocation from the 5% of total beamtime that is set aside for Trial Use proposals on the Public Beamlines in each operations period.


  • If a proposal is deemed not to qualify for consideration under the Trial Use access system, applicants are encouraged to submit their proposal through the general Use program.
  • Even if a proposal does not qualify for access under the Trial Use system, the team at CROSS-Tokai are available to assist with proposal preparation and any aspect of experiment planning.

We welcome all enquiries and look forward to hearing from you!