CERIC is open to researchers from all over the world, free of charge for non-proprietary research. In exchange for the free access, the users are required to publish the results of the experiments, with appropriate references to the CERIC facilities and to the local scientific and technical staff involved.

Read the CERIC Scientific Data Policy here

Regular calls

Submission within 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.

Both single- and multi-instrument 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.

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 side of this webpage.

In addition to the access to the facilities, as well as to the technical and scientific support from expert instruments’ scientist during proposal’s preparation, measurements and data analysis, partial support for user’s mobility is available through funding provided to CERIC from the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research. Read the policy here. A maximum of two users for measurement may benefit from travel and accommodation support.


Fast track access

In addition to regular calls (two per year), CERIC offers the possibility to gain access to some of its instruments for feasibility studies or very short measurements. The fast-track is open, until the available instrument time for fast track is exhausted.

For the moment, it is possible to ask for fast access to the following instruments:

Synchrotron beam line in Trieste:

  • DXRL – Deep X-ray lithography
  • SAXS – Small Angle X-ray Scattering
  • SISSI-Bio – Synchrotron Infrared Source for Spectroscopy and Imaging
  • SISSI-BOFF – Offline Synchrotron Infrared Source for Spectroscopy and Imaging
  • XAFS – X-ray absorption spectroscopy – the available time for this instrument in the current semester is over

Laboratory scattering facility in Graz:

  • DLS – Dynamic Light Scattering
  • SAXS Lab Small Angle X-ray scattering facility in Graz
  • SLS – Static Light Scattering

Nuclear magnetic resonance facility in Ljubljana:

  • David – 800 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Magic – 600 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Lara – 600 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Oro – 600 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Aska – 600 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Nika – 400 MHz NMR spectrometer

Proposals eligible for fast access proposals should have a strong motivation for applying through this channel, satisfying one or more of the following criteria:

  • as for regular CERIC proposals, show a multi-technique approach of a scientific problem (although fast access can be requested for a single instrument)
  • prove the need to test a new instrument or sample,
  • be necessary to validate a result for an imminent publication, or
  • any other valid justification for a fast and short access.

Proposals can be submitted any time, through the VUO.

Please note that discussion of your experimental plan with the instrument scientists is mandatory.


COVID-19 Fast Track Access

In order to facilitate the research on the COVID-19, CERIC has set up a dedicated Fast Track Access to a selected number of instruments.

The dedicated Fast Track Access will allow to access the selected instruments for research related to the COVID-19, without the necessity to undergo the regular evaluation procedure, and be scheduled within 1 month from the submission of the proposal, based on the feasibility evaluation performed by the facility.

Please note that since these facilities do not have a special bio-safety accreditation, each project applicant is expected to consider this fully when submitting a proposal and in the later stage samples, and to disclose all data relevant for safety of the staff at individual facility. Only samples guaranteed as non-harmful and with no ability to cause or transfer viral infection can be accepted for research.

Due to the travel restrictions in place for several countries remote access will be preferred.

Proposals have to be submitted through the VUO. After registration/login, follow the dedicated link “Submit a new FAST TRACK proposal related to COVID-19 research”.

For more information, also regarding the commercial use, please contact

As a pilot of open access of the H2020 project ACCELERATE, all scientific information generated must be available and reusable through online access that is free of charge to the end-user. ‘Scientific information’ can mean:
1. peer-reviewed scientific research articles (published in scholarly journals), or
2. research data (data underlying publications, curated data and/or raw data).

‘Access’ includes not only basic elements – the right to read, download and print – but also the right to copy, distribute, search, link, crawl and mine.

The 2 main routes to open access are:

Self-archiving / ‘green’ open access – the author, or a representative, archives (deposits) the published article or the final peer-reviewed manuscript in an online repository before, at the same time as, or after publication. Some publishers request that open access be granted only after an embargo period has elapsed.
Open access publishing / ‘gold’ open access – an article is immediately published in open access mode. In this model, the payment of publication costs is shifted away from subscribing readers.