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 also need some financial support for travel and accommodation expenses.
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 project deals with SARS-CoV-2, Covid-19, or its variants of concern, you can now apply for ISIDORe funding. ISIDORe is a Horizon Europe funded project. It supports research on infectious diseases by facilitating access to European Research Infrastructures. Please find more information here.
Euro-BioImaging ERIC is also delighted to offer Italian researchers a new financial instrument supported by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research, click here to read more.
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.||
||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.||
||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||
||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||
||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)||Costs of instrument access: access fees, user training, imaging related sample preparation & related supplies, Data processing and analysis.||Continuous program||Travel and accommodation costs need to be covered by the user / Available for any FBI external user whose project has been validated by Euro-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)|
|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||Periodic calls, next call expected in autumn||Max 150.000 CZK (approx. 5.555 EUR) per project|
|NWO Open Competitie Domain Science - XS||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers working at Dutch universities and organisations||Access fees & travel costs||5x per year||TBD|
|NWO Open Competition Domain Science - M||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers working at Dutch universities, organisations and collaboration partners abroad||Access fee, travel expenses, travel and accommodation costs for foreign guest researchers, personnel costs for foreign collaboration partners||Continuous program||Make use of budget modules: materials, internationalization; Money follows Cooperation (MfC)|
|NWO Open Competition Domain Science - XL||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers working at Dutch universities, organisations and collaboration partners abroad||Access fees, travel and accommodation costs for foreign guest researchers, personnel costs for foreign collaboration partners||1x per 2 years||Make use of budget modules: materials, internationalization; Money follows Cooperation (MfC)|
|Veni||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers intending to work or working at Dutch universities||Access fees, travel expenses||1x per years||TBD|
|Vidi||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers intending to work or working at Dutch universities||Access fees, travel expenses||1x per years||TBD|
|Vici||The Netherlands/NWO||Researchers intending to work or working at Dutch universities||Access fees, travel expenses||1x per years||TBD|
|INBS Access to national research infrastructures||France/Institut des Sciences Biologiques (INSB) from CNRS||French researchers; scientific leader should preferably be in a unit mainly attached to the INSB.||Access fees, travel expenses||1st stage deadline 4 March 2022||10-30 Keuro/project; The project must be in the process of being finalized, the start of a new scientific project is not eligible for this call.|
|Czech BioImaging continuous funding||Czech BioImaging||academic researchers visiting a CzBI Node||user access fees (partial coverage)||continuous||fees are reduced to different extents depending on the facility. Please contact the Nodes for details.|