At the X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility (SACLA), established next to SPring-8 by RIKEN, user operation is scheduled to start from March 2012. The SACLA is positioned as one of the key technologies of national importance in the 3rd Science and Technology Basic Plan. Therefore, the facility is expected to become a research base to lead the world in producing innovative results in a variety of science and technology disciplines such as life science, nanotechnology, and materials science, which will benefit basic research, industry, and people’s lives.
Based on the Act on the Promotion of Public Utilization of the Specific Advanced Large Research Facilities (Law No. 78, 1994), the SACLA is required to provide a wide range of research opportunities for researchers from home and abroad of industrial, academic, and governmental organizations for the promotion of research utilizing the facility.
Under the law, the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) will solicit research proposals from the public, select the most qualified users through a fair and equitable review process, and provide them with technical guidance on how to carry out experiments at the SACLA as the Registered Institution for Facilities Use Promotion in charge of the user support services.