National collaboration to maximise the benefit to Sweden of ESS and MAX IV

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The European Spallation Source, ESS, and MAX IV in Lund are two of the world’s most advanced research facilities. The Office for ESS/MAX IV is operated jointly by the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova, and is tasked to maximise Swedish benefit from the facilities.

Information meeting on possible Swedish in-kind contributions to European Spallation Source

17 December, 9.00 to 11:00, you are welcome to an information meeting with the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) on the process forward for Swedish in-kind contributions to ESS. The meeting will be held via zoom only and in English.

As part of additional Swedish funding to ESS, the Swedish Research council is now making up to 150 MSEK available for a Swedish in-kind program for ESS during 2021-2025, with up to 30 MSEK per year. The premises for Swedish in-kind contributions are strongly dependent on the ongoing re-baselining plan at ESS and the associated cost book that is still to be decided. During the information meeting the Swedish Research Council and ESS would jointly like to inform about the envisioned process for the allocation of in-kind contributions for the period 2022-2025 with all interested parties.

Zoom link for the meeting:


09:00 – Welcome, Mikaela Rapp, Head of the Office of ESS and MAX IV

09:05 – ESS status update and re-baselining, Andreas Schreyer, Director of Science ESS

09:20 – Update, Sweden as ESS host state, Johan Holmberg, Swedish Research Council

09:35 – The ESS in-kind process & cost book, speaker to be announced

09:50 – In-kind opportunities for partners at ESS, Sindra Petersson Årsköld, ESS

10:05 – Sweden’s process forward with ESS cost book and the coming call, Niklas Ottosson & Johan Holmberg, Swedish Research Council

10:20 – Short break

10:30 – Q&A and discussion

10:55 – Concluding remarks, Mikaela Rapp

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The Swedish Research Council finances feasibility studies for future instruments at ESS

One of the areas that the Swedish Research Council has identified as important for Sweden concerning ESS is opportunities for Swedish researchers to participate in a competitive proposal for new instruments.

In recent years, two initiatives, in particular, have excelled. One is SAGA, a GISANS instrument (grazing-incidence small-angle neutron scattering) for structural studies of surfaces, thin films and boundary layers. Such experiments are of interest to both industry and academia in characterising all kinds of complex systems such as food and biological materials. The second is HIBEAM (high-intensity baryon extraction and measurement), an instrument for subatomic physics for studies of the fundamental properties of the neutron, which will be used to look for new physics beyond the so-called standard model.

Following the results of the needs inventory 2020, the Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI) decided to handle the instrumentation at ESS in a particular order, i.e. outside RFI's ordinary application procedures that were deemed not appropriate. As a step in this handling, RFI decided before the summer of 2021 to set up a targeted call for feasibility studies for future instruments at ESS. The SAGA and HIBEAM collaborations were invited to apply.

The applications have been prepared during the autumn. At its council meeting on 27-28 October, RFI decided to finance the SAGA and HIBEAM collaborations with SEK 10 million each during 2021-2023 to carry out the instrument feasibility studies. The feasibility studies will result in competitive proposals that can be submitted to the ESS council when the time is right to appoint the instruments that will constitute the ESS's future instruments.

LoI for Swedish in-kind contribution to ESS 2021

The Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI) decided at its council meeting in September 2021 to add SEK 30 million per year during 2021-2025 for the initial operational phase at ESS and that the money preferably should be used for Swedish in-kind grants.

As possible in-kind for Sweden already in 2021, ESS and the Swedish Research Council have identified the ongoing accelerator testing activity at the FREIA laboratory External link. at Uppsala University as most suitable. The intention is now that the Swedish Research Council will finance this to a value of SEK 24 million.

To receive support from the In-Kind Reference Committee at ESS for this to be credited as an in-kind contribution for Sweden, the Swedish Research Council and ESS have signed a Letter of Intent describing the parties' shared intentions. The Swedish Research Council now hopes that the ESS Council, based on this document, will decide to credit Sweden with the first of its kind contribution to the ESS at the next meeting in December.


How can well-thought-out strategies increase the use of MAX IV and ESS? How do researchers from academia and industry get the best knowledge and access to the facilities? This year's ESS/MAX IV Online Summit took place on 14 October.

You can find a summary (mainly in Swedish) here. Pdf, 2.4 MB. (Pdf, 2.4 MB)

Here you can see all the presentation that was done during the day.

What can ESS and MAX IV do for life science?

Stockholm Science City held a webinar 26 May 2021 in collaboration with the Office for ESS/MAX IV. Presentations where made on ESS and MAX IV technologies relevant to life science, how to apply for beamtime, and what kind of results can be obtained.

Selma Maric from MAX IV and Zoë Fisher from ESS told about the facilities and the InfraLife project and gave examples of research that can be carried out. Lionel Trésaugues explained how Sprint Bioscience and the FragMAX team at MAX IV collaborated to develop fragment screening using X-ray crystallography for cancer-related proteins.

The seminar is held in English.

See a recording of the webinar on Stockholm Science City's website External link, opens in new window.



Pdf / Printout

Big Science in Sweden

Large-scale research facilities are often known as “Big Science”. Around the world, these facilities contribute to great innovative power, technical development and groundbreaking research.

ESS and MAX IV in Lund give Sweden the opportunity to create an international centre that is world-leading within materials science and life sciences.


  1. Information meeting on Swedish in-kind contributions to ESS

    The Swedish Research Council and the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) are organising a digital information meeting on the process forward for Swedish in-kind contributions to ESS. The meeting will be held in English.

  2. ESS/MAX IV Online Summit

    Come and discuss about how academia and industry in Sweden can increase the societal benefits of the two world-leading research facilities ESS and MAX IV. Welcome to a digital meeting on 14 October. 

  3. Office for ESS/MAX IV

    The Office for ESS/MAX IV is operated jointly by the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova. Our mandate is to maximise the benefit to Sweden of the research facilities ESS and MAX IV.