Trial Use Access Program Now Open for 2014B

Trial Use Access Program Now Open for 2014B

CROSS-Tokai is now accepting proposals and expressions of interest for access to the neutron Public Beamlines at J-PARC MLF under the 2014B Trial Use program.

About the CROSS-Tokai Trial Use Access Program

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 offers the Trial Use Access Program that aims to encourage and support first-time and novice users of neutron-based experimental techniques.

The specific objectives of the Trial Use Access Program are:


The Trial Use Access Program is open to:

What the Trial Use Access Program Provides

The Trial Use Access Program, via the CROSS-Tokai Science Coordinators and other members of our Neutron R&D Division offers support through the whole process of facility utilization including:

Beamlines Accessible via the Trial Use Program

The Trial Use Access Program applies only to the six Public Beamlines of J-PARC MLF that are supported by CROSS-Tokai:

The 2014B Operations Period

Proposals that are successful in the 2014B round will be allocated beamtime during the period December 2014 through March 2015.

Application Deadline

The latest date for applications in the Trial Use Program for 2014B is Thursday 15 May 2014

Persons wishing to submit an application in the Trial Use Access Program 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 Program

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

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

How the Trial Use Program 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 Program.
  2. Proposal work up
    If the research proposal is assessed to be appropriate for the Trial Use Program, 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 to the Trial Use Program 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 Program will receive a beamtime allocation from the 5% of beamtime that is set aside for Trial Use proposals on each of the Public Beamlines in each operations period.


  • If a proposal is deemed not to qualify for consideration under the Trial Use Program, 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 Program, 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!