Apply for funding via the new SAKURA Mobility Programme

To strengthen scientific collaboration between Sweden and Japan, the Swedish Research Council (VR) has decided to fund and launch SAKURA, a new mobility programme focusing on neutron research and activities, in particular, of ESS and J-PARC. Personnel working at the two neutron sources, as well as researchers affiliated with Swedish and Japanese universities, are welcome to apply for funding by 13 October 2019.

The SAKURA Mobility Programme aims to build capacity in pulsed neutron scattering techniques and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the European Spallation Source (ESS) and the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), which has long served as a benchmark for the former.

The exchange of personnel, experiences, and know-how between leading research facilities and universities is an essential ingredient in maintaining neutron instrumentation and research at the cutting edge of performance. The SAKURA Mobility Programme will further deepen the long-term collaboration between ESS and J-PARC, which already started during the ESS design phase.

During 2020, SAKURA beneficiaries will have the opportunity to travel to Sweden or Japan for a period of anything from three weeks to six months. Successful candidates will engage with experts at ESS and J-PARC and conduct strategic research leading to long-term collaboration in one of the four technical areas presented below.

Accelerator and Target Technology

  • Beam physics
  • Moderator technology
  • Target technology
  • RF technology
  • Control software technology

Shielding and Safety

  • Radiation safety
  • Waste handling
  • Neutronics and shielding
  • Active sampling handing

Neutron Instrumentation 

  • Instrument concept & technology
  • Instrument operation techniques
  • Science using pulsed neutron instrumentation


User, Sample and Computation Services

  • Deuteration services
  • User programme strategy (Academia & Industry)
  • Sample environment technology
  • Sample preparation synthesis and characterisation techniques
  • Scientific computing, software modelling & data handling

Eligibility criteria and more information about the application process can be found in the Call for Applications. Qualified candidates are welcome to submit their applications together with the requested documentation by 13 October 2019, 15.00 (CEST) to Proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of representatives of ESS, J-PARC, and the Swedish Neutron Scattering Society (SNSS).

If you have questions about SAKURA, please contact Adrameh Gaye, ESS Grants Administrator, by e-mail,, or call +46 46 888 30 70.


The idea to launch SAKURA was born in connection to the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan, which the two countries celebrated last year. The European Spallation Source implements and administers the SAKURA Mobility Programme on behalf of VR.

Call for Applications - Sakura Mobility Programme

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