The main way to gain access to MAX IV is through the “General User Access” program. All access modes listed below, with the exception of Proprietary access, are included in said program.

Here is a short overview, follow the links for further information:

Block Allocation Groups (BAG) Access

Available for groups of researchers that want to combine their beamtime requests into a single proposal.

Available at: BioMAX
Validity: 4 Cycles, ca 2 years

See full description of BAG access and download proposal template

Expert Commissioning access

From time to time MAX IV welcome the submission of proposals, following special criteria, for scientific experiments that will help in the commissioning of new beamline or infrastructure capabilities.

Available at: Varies
Validity: 2 Cycles, ca 1 year

See full description of Expert Commissioning access and download proposal template


Proprietary access

Available for industry, institutes, and private and public organisations providing commissioned research funded by industry. The access is covered by a non-disclosure agreement and the results belongs to the industry user with no need to publish.

Available at: Beamlines in User Operation
Validity: Per agreement

See full description of Proprietary access


Training & Education access

Supporting the education of the next generation of scientists, MAX IV offers this special collaborative educational access mode for courses, training workshops or other similar activities.

Available at: All beamlines in User Operation
Validity: 2 Cycles, ca 1 year

See full description of Training & Education access and download proposal template


Long term access

Used for projects requiring repeated access for experiments over a longer time frame, e.g. projects developing new methods or specific hardware.

This access mode is currently not in use at MAX IV, but if you have suggestions for a project please feel free to contact your beamline of choice for further discussions.


Fast access

Also known as “Rapid access”. This access mode is for the projects that require timely access to beamtime at MAX IV.

Available at: For a list of participating beamlines, follow link below.
Validity: 1 Cycle

See full description of Fast access and download proposal template


Standard access

The standard peer reviewed access mode at MAX IV, offering beamtime to a single scientific project.

Available at: Beamlines in User Operation
Validity: 1 Cycle

See full description of Standard access and download proposal template


Access through collaborations

MAX IV collaborates with various consortium and projects through which users can apply for “privileged beamtime” access, read more about beamtime collaborations and how to apply here:

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