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

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 10 countries, with the submission of single or multi-technique proposals. A detailed description of the facilities available in CERIC can be found here.

Access to CERIC is open to scientists from all over the world and free of charge, providing the results end data are made available to the community in a reasonable time, according to our Scientific Data Policy.


  • March 1st 2022 at 17:00 CET to have a pre-evaluation and the possibility to improve your proposal
  • March 31st 2022 at 17:00 CET final submission, recommended only for users that are expert in all the techniques requested.

How to apply

Proposals should be submitted online through the Virtual Unified Office (VUO), more information here. The best projects will be selected through international peer review.

Partial support for user’s mobility will be available for a maximum of two users through funding provided to CERIC from the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research. Read the policy here.

What is new in this call

CERIC is increasing its capacities in the field of Energy Materials. To this end, we will upgrade some beamlines/instruments during this year to improve our services. In the first step, the upgrades will address battery research. We invite the users to check the instruments pages or contact the instruments scientists for forthcoming developments.

Additional instruments available

  • The soft X-ray Beamline PHELIX@SOLARIS
  • The X-ray absorption spectroscopy SOLABS@SOLARIS
  • The Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscope beamline DEMETER-STXM@SOLARIS
  • A new Near Ambient Pressure Electron Spectroscopy EnviroESCA@Charles University is under commissioning and will be available in the future Call for Proposals. However, it welcomes users in 2022 on a rolling basis for fast track access for commissioning.

CERIC continues to offer access to

  • The Ultraviolet Laser Facility of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (ULF-FORTH) in Greece
  • The X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy beamline LISA@ESRF

Remote Access

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the CERIC facilities may propose to perform measurements remotely, through sample mailing.
It will be possible to express your availability for remote measurements in the proposal submission form.

Multi-technique proposals

For the following synchrotron beamlines, only multi-technique proposals will be considered:

  • BAEL – Band Dispersion and Electron-Phonon Coupling
  • ESCA – Esca Microscopy
  • GAPH – Gas Phase Photoemission
  • SUES – High Resolution Core-level Photoemission Spectroscopy
  • IUVS – Inelastic Scattering with Ultraviolet Radiation
  • MCX – Materials Characterisation by X-ray Diffraction
  • NASP – Nanospectroscopy
  • TwinMic – Soft X-ray Transmission and Emission Microscope
  • SPEM – Spectromicroscopy
  • SISSI-Bio – Synchrotron Infrared Source for Spectroscopy and Imaging (Chemistry & Life Sciences)
  • SISSI-Mat – Synchrotron Infrared Source for Spectroscopy and Imaging (Materials science)
  • SYRMEP – Synchrotron Radiation for Medical Physics
  • XAFS – X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
  • XRD1 – X-ray Diffraction

Two-steps application

The first step allows a pre-evaluation of the proposal at the facilities, followed by two weeks for editing 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.

Fast track access modalities

Read the CERIC Scientific Data Policy here

CERIC user office: