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 60 different and complementary state of the art techniques and support laboratories, distributed in 11 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, provided the results end data are made available to the community in a reasonable time, according to our Scientific Data Policy.


  • March 4th 2024 at 17:00 CET to have a pre-evaluation and the possibility to improve your proposal
  • April 2nd 2024 at 17:00 CEST 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, three energy storage facilities with state-of-the-art techniques in the field of fuel cells and batteries research, have been recently included in CERIC open access offer:

Additional instruments available

CERIC continues to offer access to

Remote Access

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.


Light Scattering Laboratory@TUGraz: some instruments at the Light Scattering Laboratory are under maintenance. If you intend to apply for this facility, please contact Heinz Amenitsch at
IUVS and IUVS Offline@Elettra: due to the upgrade to a laser-based laboratory the Inelastic Ultraviolet Scattering beamline IUVS and IUVS Offline will not be able to receive beamtime proposals in the first months of 2024. Hopefully the beamlines will be open again for users in the second semester of 2024.

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

Read the CERIC Scientific Data Policy here

CERIC user office: