News archive - [Call for Proposals] CERIC-ERIC Call for Proposals

CERIC-ERIC offers access through a single entry point to more than 50 different and complementary state of the art techniques and support laboratories, distributed in 8 countries, with the submission of single or multi-technique proposals. A detailed description of the facilities available in CERIC can be found here.

How to apply

Access to CERIC is open to scientists from all over the world and free of charge. The only condition for free access is the publication of the results, with appropriate citation of the facilities and local contacts involved. Proposals should be submitted online through the Virtual Unified Office (VUO). The best projects will be selected by peer review through an independent and international panel of experts. For further information about the evaluation and how to submit successful proposals, please use menu on the left.

What is new in this call:

Support laboratories

Elettra offers the possibility to access two support laboratories for CERIC users of the Italian Partner Facility:

  • Structural Biology Laboratory
  • NanoInnovation Laboratory

Interested users should select the specific box in the application form.

Fast track access

Some CERIC instruments will offer fast access for feasibility studies. More information here.

CERIC publications awards

CERIC-ERIC will select the most successful proposals and cover the full cost for open access publications. Read more

Single instrument proposals:

For those facilities that do not have another channel of open access available, single instrument proposals are also welcome. These facilities are:

  • Deep Lithography beamline in Trieste
  • Light and x-ray scattering lab in Graz
  • NAP XPS, XPS/XPD and FESEM in Prague
  • SISSI and IUVS beamlines, only for use with conventional sources (not SR)
  • NMR spectrometers in Ljubljana
  • TEM and EPR in Bucharest
  • Ion beam beamlines in Zagreb

For other facilities, only multiple technique proposals will be accepted.

Two Steps deadline

The first deadline allows a pre-evaluation of the proposal at the facilities and, if necessary, two weeks for editing on the basis of the suggestions received, before final submission at the second deadline. Although we suggest taking advantage of the pre-evaluation, expert users may decide to submit their proposals directly at the second deadline.



  • September 1st 2017 at 17:00 CET to have a pre-evaluation and the possibility to improve your proposal
  • October 2nd at 17:00 CET final submission, recommended only for users that are expert in all the techniques requested.

Important information for users

Before enabling the regular users’ access, SOLARIS might decide to offer access for "expert commissioning" of its beamlines – subject of the commissioning progress. In order to have such access granted, you should have the know-how about beamlines and end-stations commissioning. It is important to bear in mind that the main goal is the fine tuning of the infrastructure and making available the extensive expertise in developing and utilizing the experimental equipment, methods and procedures. You should be prepared to provide input in possible solving technical problems. The experiments should demonstrate the performance of the infrastructure. Scheduling and rescheduling may occur at short notice. For more information, please contact SOLARIS Users’ Office directly (

CERIC is conducting a pilot on open access to research data. You may be asked during your experiment whether or not you accept providing open access to your data. Further information you can get at the:

CERIC user office:

Source and further information: CERIC-ERIC

Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Medical and Health Sciences

Entry created by Giorgio Piccirillo on August 22, 2017
Modified on August 22, 2017