Funding


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 depending on the scale and complexity of the access and the required support. In order to access Euro-BioImaging technologies, you may also need some financial support for travel and accommodation expenses.

funding support

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 European Research Infrastructure services to support your research.

Funding opportunities

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 opportunities available.

EU & other funding

Finally, Euro-BioImaging has been awarded a number of important Horizon Europe and other grants to provide funding for User Access at Euro-BioImaging Nodes. Below you will find information about currently open funding for user projects for researcher from anywhere in the world.

Topic-specific Access funding

CanServ - Supporting Cancer Research

If your project is cancer related, you can apply for funding through the canSERV project, which supports research on cancer by facilitating access to European Research Infrastructures. 28 out of 41 Euro-BioImaging Nodes provide services in canSERV, spanning from biological to preclinical to human imaging services. Regular calls for free access to these services are open throughout 2024 and special challenge calls will launch soon.

More information on the currently open calls and deadlines here. More information on how to apply to a Euro-BioImaging Node here.

AgroServ - Supporting agro-ecology research projects

For researchers in the field of agroecology, plant biology, soil or marine microorganisms, crop sciences or related topics, funding opportunities are available via the AgroServ project. The project will provide researchers in the field with access to relevant Research Infrastructure services from a broad range of participating infrastructures, including a spectrum of imaging services from nine participating Euro-BioImaging Nodes. The available imaging services range from plant-adapted electron and super-resolution microscopy to plant phenotyping, elemental detection and application of medical imaging technologies, such as PET and MRI, on plant samples.

Click for the full catalogue of Euro-BioImaging's AgroServ services.

Find out how the project application works here.

ISIDORe - Supporting infectious disease research

ISIDORe is a Horizon Europe-funded project that provides free of charge access to cutting-edge technology platforms and resources across a wide spectrum ranging from characterisation of pathogens to vaccine development. Eighteen Euro-BioImaging Nodes participate in the ISIDORe project, offering state-of-the-art imaging expertise to enhance basic research, drug discovery, diagnostics, vaccines, and clinical disease management. Please visit the following webpages to see if ISIDORe could support your research on infectious diseases, vaccine development, pathogens of concern, or related topics. 

Find out how the project application works here.

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).

France- BioImaging funding for projects

From now until June 26, 2024, all academic scientists, including early career researchers, are invited to submit a proposal to carry out a biological imaging project in one of France-BioImaging facilities, supported by a grant of up to 5,000 Euros. Grant money covers user’s travel and accommodation costs as well as access and consumable costs at FBI imaging facilities

More information

IMAG'IC France BioImaging BSL2 Facility, spinning STED

Continuous funding programmes at Nodes

Funding instrumentNodeFor whomFor whatExpiry dateAdditional information
Lab exchanges/Mobility grantsCOMULISglobe (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funding) Lab exchange fellowships support individual mobility, allowing PhD students, Early Career Investigators (ECIs), facility staff & experienced researchers in the field of MultiModal Imaging to visit an institution, laboratory or industry in another country. Travel and subsistence costs
Maximum 2000 USD
Available through competitive callsCosts will be reimbursed after the lab exchange takes place
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 programCosts 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 & MechanismsEarly career scientists
Travel and accommodation costs
Access fees
Deadline dates are listed on https://www.biologists.com/travelling-fellowships/
Up to 2,500 GBP

International funding instruments

Funding instrumentNodeFor whomFor whatExpiry dateAdditional information
Christian Boulin FellowshipsEuro-BioImaging EMBL-NodeResearchers from all EMBL member states, associate and prospect member statesTravel and accommodation costsContinuous programAccess fees need to be covered by the user
France BioImaging call for scientific projectsFrench BioImaging NodeUsers 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 programTravel & accommodation costs need to be covered by the user / Available for any FBI external user whose project has been validated by Euro-BioImaging
Czech BioImaging continuous fundingCzech BioImagingAcademic researchers visiting a Czech BioImaging NodeUser access fees (partial coverage)Continuous programmeFees are reduced to different extents depending on the facility. Please contact the Czech Nodes for details.

National funding instruments

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

Funding instrumentCountry/FunderFor whomFor whatExpiry dateAdditional information
Innovation voucherFinland / Business FinlandSMEs, for national accessUser access feesContinuous programUp to 4,500 Euro Voucher + 1,500 Euros own cost (+ VAT)
Czech-BioImaging calls for research projects 

MEYS via Czech BioImaging RI

Researchers working for academic institutions, for access to Czech NodesUser access fees and imaging related special sample preparationPeriodic callsMax 100.000 CZK (approx. 3,800 Euros) per project
NWO Open Competitie Domain Science - XSThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers working at Dutch universities and organisationsAccess fees & travel costs5x per yearTBD
NWO Open Competition Domain Science - MThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers working at Dutch universities, organisations and collaboration partners abroadAccess fee, travel expenses, travel and accommodation costs for foreign guest researchers, personnel costs for foreign collaboration partnersContinuous programMake use of budget modules: materials, internationalization; Money follows Cooperation (MfC)
NWO Open Competition Domain Science - XLThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers working at Dutch universities, organisations and collaboration partners abroadAccess fees, travel and accommodation costs for foreign guest researchers, personnel costs for foreign collaboration partners1x per 2 yearsMake use of budget modules: materials, internationalization; Money follows Cooperation (MfC)
VeniThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers intending to work or working at Dutch universitiesAccess fees, travel expenses1x per yearsTBD
VidiThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers intending to work or working at Dutch universitiesAccess fees, travel expenses1x per yearsTBD
ViciThe Netherlands/NWOResearchers intending to work or working at Dutch universitiesAccess fees, travel expenses1x per yearsTBD