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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

Semestral 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

Proposals eligible for this fast access modality 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.

Instruments available

For the moment, it is possible to ask for fast-track access for feasibility studies  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

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 can be submitted any time, through the VUO.

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

Instruments available

Charles University in Prague
EnviroESCA

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 allows users 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 one month from the submission of the proposal, based on the feasibility evaluation performed by the facility.

Instruments available

Nuclear magnetic resonance facility in Ljubljana:

TUGraz facility

Synchrotron facility Elettra in Trieste

SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Kraków

The Italian Network for Micro and Nano Fabrication

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 useroffice@ceric-eric.eu