The Canadian Neutron Long-Range Plan (LRP) is a consultative process currently underway to develop a plan for implementation of the national neutron strategy. The Neutron LRP process is led by the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering, which represents neutron users, McMaster University, and Neutrons Canada, which is the institutional steward of the LRP process. The LRP Panel is composed of the LRP organizing committee and the co-chairs of the working groups.
The Neutron LRP will develop a community-supported, comprehensive, specific, and realistic plan for the actions needed in the next decade to rebuild Canada’s capabilities for neutron beams, maintain Canadian leadership in these fields, enable Canadians to address major social and economic challenges, and maximize benefits to Canada. The LRP will identify the critical science questions, and where appropriate, demonstrate alignment with priorities of government and funding agencies.
The resulting Neutron LRP for 2025-2035 will serve as a single unified vision for the highest priority projects and activities. Thus, the LRP process is intended to align the community around a single plan and enable the community to act collectively to implement it. The LRP will enable the community to speak coherently to funders, policy-makers, foreign partners, and others concerning its common needs. It will communicate the strengths of research using neutron beams, identify its benefits to Canada, and position the neutron beam community among other scientific communities that require access to Major Research Facilities.
The LRP will include a set of recommendations needed to implement the national strategy to rebuild Canada’s capabilities for research using neutron beams (the “national neutron strategy”). The scope of the LRP’s recommendation will cover topics such as:
- Foreign partnerships
- Building on existing domestic infrastructure
- New infrastructure for the future
- Scientific, technical and other professional expertise
- Funding, management and governance frameworks
- Support for research (e.g. user support, training, scholarships, outreach to industry)
- Conduct of the infrastructure program, including EDI, science outreach and communications, knowledge mobilization and technology transfer)
The LRP will consider all user needs, covering multiple sectors (industry, government, and academic), disciplines (physics, chemistry, life sciences, health, engineering, archaeology), and all neutron techniques that Canadians require.
The LRP will consider multiple time frames:
- Short term (present to 2025), e.g. establishing first partnerships and domestic user facilities
- Medium term (2025-2030), e.g. establishing a full infrastructure program
- Long-term (beyond 2030), e.g. major investment in a new ‘flagship’ facility
Organizing committee members:
- Drew Marquardt, President of CINS and LRP Co-Chair (U. Windsor)
- Bruce Gaulin, LRP Co-Chair (McMaster)
- Pat Clancy (McMaster)
- Dave Tucker (McMaster)
- John Root (Neutrons Canada)
- Daniel Banks (Neutrons Canada)
Working group co-chairs:
- Energy Materials: Michelle Dolgos (U. Calgary)
- Energy Materials: Jacques Huot (U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
- Imaging: Emil Hallin (U. Saskatchewan)
- Imaging: Daniel Hussey (NIST Center for Neutron Research)
- Quantum Materials: Zahra Yamani (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)
- Quantum Materials: Pat Clancy (McMaster U.)
- Residual Stress and Engineering: James Noel (Western U.)
- Residual Stress and Engineering: Hamid Abdolvand (Western U.)
- Soft Matter and Biology: Simon Rondeau-Gagne (U. Windsor)
- Soft Matter and Biology: Drew Marquardt (U. Windsor)
Process and Timeline
The LRP will review the fields of research in Canada that rely on neutron beam infrastructure, technology options for new neutron sources, and identify Canadian needs, compiling results in a set of white papers or reports (Phase 1). These inputs will be used to solicit ideas and proposals for investments that address those needs, and will produce a prioritized list of recommended actions (Phase 2).
There are several ways you can get involved in the LRP process:
- Take the LRP2025 survey
- Give input into the current white papers and reports. The link provides permission to comment on the papers and reports:
- Topical working group reports
- Student issues
- Future flagship facilities
- Write your own brief on one of the topics identified in the scope section above
- Attend science meetings and workshops associated with the LRP process
- There was an LRP session at the CINS neutron scatting conference at McMaster University, March 16-17
- There will be an LRP session at the CINS annual meeting (fall 2023)
- Work with your institution or neutron source to propose ideas for Canadian investment
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) provided financial support to the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering for the LRP2025 through the NSERC Special Opportunities Fund.