How to finance your access to Euro-BioImaging


Euro-BioImaging is a publicly funded, non-profit research infrastructure. Hence, the costs for scientists to access Euro-BioImaging services are kept to their minimum, with the sole aim to allow running the infrastructure. The costs vary – for instance, while access to data services is normally free of charge, access to technologies generally involves a fee.


In order to access Euro-BioImaging technologies, you may need some financial support for:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses and/or
  • Access fees

The first thing you should do is look into the funding instrument that currently supports your research: more and more funding authorities regard access to public research infrastructures as eligible costs! For instance, if you are an ERC grant-holder, you can freely use your funds to access Euro-BioImaging. In the future, you may want to check this aspect beforehand, when applying for a grant, and consider whether it is beneficial to indicate that you will want to use ESFRI research infrastructure services to support your research.

If your access is not already funded, you may need to look into other opportunities: we are doing our best to continuously list the ones that are currently available to researchers, in the tables below.


Please note that we are updating these lists regularly, so come back to this page in the future if you have not found what serves your purposes for now. Euro-BioImaging is also constantly working to make new funding mechanisms available.



International funding instruments

Funding instrument Funder For whom For what (travel expenses, access fees, both) Expiry date Additional information
Mobility Grants for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STMS) COST Action COMULIS (Horizon 2020 – European Commission) Researchers in COST member & cooperating countries (including all European countries) performing a scientific project that involves more than one imaging technique (multimodality). Transnational access required.
  • Travel, meal and accommodation costs
  • Lump sums up to 3500 Euros in total provided
The COST action COMULIS ends in November 2022 Costs will be covered for visits from 1 week up to 6 months
EMBO Short Term Fellowships European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Researchers coming from and going to EMBC countries, associated EMBC countries (India, Singapore) and cooperation partners (Taiwan, Chile). Transnational access required.
  • Travel costs
  • Daily rate (based on country of visit)
Continuous program Costs will be covered for visits from 1 week up to 3 months
The Company of Biologists’ Travelling Fellowships The Company of Biologists journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms Early career scientists
  • Travel and accommodation costs
  • Access fees
Deadline dates are listed on https://www.biologists.com/travelling-fellowships/ Up to 2,500 GBP


Funding instruments available at specific Euro-BioImaging Nodes

This table reports the funding instruments supporting access exclusively to a specific Euro-BioImaging Node (and not applicable to all Nodes)

Funding instrument Node For whom For what (travel expenses, access fees, both) Expiry date Additional information
Christian Boulin Fellowships Euro-BioImaging EMBL-Node Researchers from all EMBL member states, associate and prospect member states
  • Travel and accommodation costs
Continuous program Access fees need to be covered by the user
France BioImaging call for scientific projects French BioImaging Node Users external to France BioImaging (Nationals and foreigners)
  • Accommodation and marginal access costs
Continuous program
  • Travel costs need to be covered by the user
  • Applications are evaluated monthly by the Executive Board of France-BioImaging


National funding instruments

Funding instruments specifically aimed at sustaining user access to RIs are listed in the table:

Funding instrument Country/Funder For whom For what (travel expenses, access fees, both) Expiry date Additional information
Innovation voucher Finland / Business Finland SMEs, for national access User access fees Continuous program Up to 4000 eur Voucher + 1000 eur own cost (+ VAT)
F.E.S.R. 2014/2020 - Bando V-IR Italy / Regione Piemonte SMEs with at least one operational site in Piedmont, for access to RIs located in Piedmont User access fees Dec 31, 2020 20.000 to 200.000 eur Voucher
Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme The Netherlands / ZonMw and NWO Domain Science In collaboration with DTL Scientists at Dutch public research organisations, for access to Dutch facilities listed as ETH. Some calls are dedicated to PPP User access fees and travel/lodging expenses Program expires in 2021 30.000 eur / access
Czech-BioImaging calls for research projects MEYS via Czech BioImaging RI Researchers working for academic institutions, for access to Czech Nodes User access fees and imaging related special sample preparation Continuous program with periodic calls every 6 months. The next CzBI grant call will be opened on 1st September 2020 and will have the deadline on 30th September 2020. Max 150.000 CZK (approx. 5.555 EUR) per project



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