Access procedure

Access procedure flow

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Application and review

The usual procedure consists of consultation, application, review of the application, allocation of machine time, execution, and submission of the results. The timing of applications depends on the organization and should be inquired in advance. The review criteria also vary among the collaborating institutes, within the general guideline that the study must be scientifically, technically and practically valuable.


Please email us at the Promotion Office for Advanced Characterization Nanotechnology Platform (acnp[at] for consultation and inquiries on using the facilities or related technical issues, and we shall introduce you to the appropriate organization. Consulting staff are also available at each organization and can be contacted directly.

Publication of results

The “Nanotechnology Platform” is a national project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which requires publication of the results. The publication may be delayed for 2 years, but this may result in restrictions on future use of the facilities by the corresponding users. Users can decide how to deal with the intellectual property rights through an agreement with the respective support organization.

Completing a questionnaire

Please fill out a questionnaire.


The usage fees are predetermined and depend on the supporting organization. The fees may also be different for self-sponsored projects that involve non-disclosure of the results.
To the fee page

Self-sponsored projects

Users who wish to keep the results confidential can apply for a self-sponsored project, and should consult the respective organization.

Workshops and seminars

Each institute provides facility training, workshops and seminars.
Information on these events can be found at the home page of the Promotion Office for Advanced Characterization Nanotechnology Platform.
To the event page


"Trial-Use-Program" is the system which we advertise every year. With our approval, a part of the expenditures (e.g. usage fee and travel fee) will be supported.
For more details, please refer to the "Trial-Use-Program"page (only in Japanese).