Euro-BioImaging is expanding its imaging technology offer!

In July 2020, Euro-BioImaging launched a Proof-of-Concept study - in collaboration with its Nodes - making it possible to access six imaging technologies that were previously unavailable through Euro-BioImaging. We are currently accepting applications to use these technologies as part of the Proof-of-Concept study. We strongly encourage you to apply, and benefit from the help of experts at our Nodes. Your participation allows us to validate new technologies and helps us stay abreast with the fast development and the breakthroughs in imaging research.

About Euro-BioImaging’s Proof-of-Concept study

Available technologies

Who should apply?

How to apply?

Funding opportunities

Available technologies


Are you working on living cells and tissues? Would you like to try a faster technology than confocal Raman mapping? You should try Coherent Anti-Strokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscopy at our Nodes in Prague and Helsinki!

Dalibor Pánek, Ph.D., from Imaging Methods Core facility at BIOCEV, Faculty of Science, Charles University, explains some of the advantages of this label-free technique for studying sub-cellular structures, and explores potential applications. Learn more here

Antti Isomäki, of the Biomedicum Imaging Unit of Helsinki BioImaging, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Finish Advanced Light Microscopy Node, explains that CARS is an extremely powerful technique in imaging pharmaceutical materials - to analyze drug crystallization and its influence in dissolution of tablets. Learn more here


Are you working on drug testing, cell interactions or cancer cell biology? Try out Quantitative Phase Imaging in Prague!

Helena Chmelová, Ph.D., from Light Microscopy Core facility at Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic, part of Euro-BioImaging’s Advanced Light And Electron Microscopy Node Prague, explains how Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI) is very useful for studying cell shape, viability, motility, polarity, growth or differentiation under various conditions. Learn more here


Would you like to study intracellular structures in super resolution? Try out Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) in Prague!

Ivan Novotný, Ph.D., from Light Microscopy Core facility at Institute of Molecular Genetics, in Prague, introduces us to Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) imaging technology to visualize intracellular structures. Learn more about how it compares to other super-resolution techniques, and what applications it can be used for:


Want to analyze metabolite or lipid distribution across tissue sections? Why not try out Mass-Spectrometry-based Imaging (MSI) at our Italian Node in Naples?

The power of MSI is that it enables us to perform studies of metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics without needing to tag the molecules of interest. Our expert, Seetharaman Parashuraman, Head of the Bioimaging facility of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Naples, an institute belonging to the National Research Council, part of our Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node, gives some hints on sample preparation and explains the advantages of this technology. Read more here


Are you studying tissues or organs? Do you want to try a technology capable of penetration like ultrasound with the high contrast of optical imaging? Why not try Photoacoustic Imaging (PAI) in our Multi-Modal Molecular Imaging Italian Node?

Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is an emerging and powerful technology with a wide spectrum of applications in the field of in-vivo imaging. Enzo Terreno, Coordinator of the Multi-Modal Molecular Imaging (MMMI) Italian Node explains the advantages of this important in vivo imaging technology for applications like oncology, cardiovascular biology, development biology, skin analysis, and abdomen analysis. He invites users to try this technology in Pisa, Torino or Napoli. Read more here


Working with membranes? Need a technology with vertical and lateral resolution in the nanometer range and requiring only a small number of acquisitions? Try Atomic Force Microscopy in France or Finland!

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a technique allowing the characterization of sample morphology at nanoscale. Images are acquired by raster scanning a nanometric tip in gentle contact or intermittent contact with the sample. By measuring the tip-sample interaction force as a function of the tip-sample distance, AFMs can evaluate sample elastic and viscous properties. This technology is available via Euro-BioImaging in France and in Finland. Learn more here

Camilo Guzmán, manager of the Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node explains that AFM is one of the most suitable instruments for experiments where molecular binding forces need to be measured or where the mechanical properties of a material need to be characterised at a micrometric scale and under very low forces (pN to nN). AFM not only is very precise, but it is highly versatile to different materials and samples and furthermore it can be combined with fluorescence microscopy to give a full description of the sample that is being tested.

Who should apply?

All scientists, regardless of their affiliation, area of expertise or field of activity can benefit from Euro-BioImaging’s pan-European open access services.

How to apply?

Potential users of these new technologies are encouraged to submit project proposals via our website. To do so, you can login to access our application platform, choose the technology you want to use and the facility you wish to visit, then submit your proposal. All applications will be processed by the Euro-BioImaging Hub. As usual, users will benefit from advice and guidance by technical experts working at the Nodes, training opportunities, and data management services.

How to fund your visit to one of Euro-BioImaging’s Nodes?

You will find information on some relevant short-term travel grants below. Please visit the Funding User Access page for additional Funding opportunities.

EMBO Short Term Fellowship

EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are intended to fund joint research work between laboratories in two different EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. These fellowships contribute to travel costs and subsistence of the researcher for a duration of one week to 3 months maximum.

Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships

COMULIS COST Short Term Scientific Missions

COMULIS COST accepts applications on a continuous basis from Early Career Investigators and Experienced Imaging Scientists who would like to travel internationally to collaborate with a Host facility on a Correlated Multi-modal imaging project. Grants of up to 3,500 Euros (depending on the length of the trip) will be awarded as a lump sum to cover travel costs and subsistence.
All of the countries participating in the Proof-of-Concept studies (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, and the Netherlands) are eligible for the COMULIS COST Action. This would be a good opportunity to fund a study that combines different imaging modalities with experts from Euro-BioImaging Nodes.

For more information:

Czech-BioImaging call for research projects

Czech-BioImaging provides funds to cover user access fees and imaging related special sample preparation for researchers who want to visit imaging core facilities, such as our Prague Node. It’s the perfect opportunity to support your access to CARS, QPI and SIM technologies in Prague. Calls open twice a year, in September and March.

France BioImaging call for scientific projects

France-BioImaging accepts applications for users outside of France-BioImaging to use innovative or rarely available technology available at France-BioImaging in a collaborative, scientific project, by covering access costs. Atomic Force Microscopy is available from the Montpellier site of France-BioImaging.

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