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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.
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 Austrian, Czech and Slovenian partner facilities will dedicate 5 days per semester to this modality of access, granted on demand until exhausted.
For the moment, it is possible to ask for fast access to the following instruments:
Synchrotron beam line in Trieste:
- SISSI-Bio – 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
Surface science laboratory in Prague:
- XPD – X-ray Photoelectron Diffraction
- FESEM – Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope
- NAP XPS – Near Ambient Pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Nuclear magnetic resonance facility in Ljubljana:
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.
Promotional open access
In the frame of the European project ACCELERATE, we offer personalised support for the preparation of your proposal and measurements, as well as for data analysis and publication of the results.
Promotional open access Pilot
Upon request, CERIC researchers can provide a personalised support for the:
- Design of the experimental plan and proposal writing,
- Follow-up during the measurements,
- Support in data analysis, reporting and publication.
This support is free of charge.
For further information, don’t hesitate to contact the CERIC user office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers of any nationality working in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia or Ukraine can apply for the promotional open access.
Send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Promotion access”, specifying the instrument/s you would like to apply for.
This pilot is available in most of our instruments. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right after your measurements, you shall submit a brief report. Any results should be published and made available to the community. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to choose open access journals.
The publication should include:
- The researchers who provided support, as co-authors,
- Proper reference to CERIC and the facilities that provided access,
- The following clause: “Access to CERIC facilities was partially supported by the ACCELERATE project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement 731112. The authors acknowledge the CERIC-ERIC Consortium for access to experimental facilities and mobility support“.