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Call for proposals for access to integrated multidisciplinary facilities for Materials and Biomaterials


Call for proposals for access to integrated multidisciplinary facilities for Materials and Biomaterials

Deadline: April 15th, 2014

1. Introduction
Most of today’s science and technology breakthroughs in Materials and Biomaterials have benefited from multidisciplinary approaches. Complementary multi-technique analysis has allowed the full characterisation of systems that would not have been possible otherwise. However, getting access to the different facilities offering the most performing instruments and methodologies is time consuming as each one has its own access protocols and failing to access one facility can jeopardise the overall success of a project.
This call is for Researchers who are interested in using a completely new European Research Infrastructure for Nano-level Analysis and preparation of Materials and Biomaterials. CERIC-ERIC integrates the most competitive instrumental, technical and research resources of nine Countries. It combines in a flexible and project-oriented way, complementary analytical and preparation methods like NMR, Synchrotron light, Neutrons, Electron Microscopy and other Surface and Interface analytical instruments. For a detailed description on the available facilities visit CERIC’s website (www.ceric-eric.eu).
Access to its services is awarded to any Researcher upon submission of a proposal to be selected by an external International peer review committee (“free open access mode”). Proposals should address challenging scientific or technological problems that require the use of several methods offered by the partners for sample growth and characterization. CERIC-ERIC features a completely innovative approach focusing on the scientific or technological value of the project, allowing to request access to different integrated facilities in a single step, through a single access point.  

2. This Call
The institutional framework of CERIC-ERIC is being completed at the EU level. However, given the rather unique nature of the distributed infrastructure, CERIC perspective partners have agreed to launch this “zeroth” call for proposals to give users the possibility to experience this unique integrated approach to materials and life sciences. At the same time, this will be a “test run” to improve and finalize, with the help of the users, the soundness of the mechanism which is being set-up.

3. How to Apply
Users willing to experience this novel approach will find the details at the web page http://www.ceric-eric.eu/index.php?n=CallZero.Homepage

4. Call deadline
The deadline for proposal submission is April 15th, 2014. Perspective proponents are expected to get in touch with the scientific contacts indicated in CERIC’s website (http://www.ceric-eric.eu/index.php?n=CallZero.TheCallZeroFacilities) well in advance in order to get a deeper understanding of the technical possibilities offered at the various sites and of how they respond to the need of the research they have in mind.

5. Financial Support
Partial financial support for user’s mobility may be available based on funding provided to CERIC from the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 12:43