Deadline: April 15th, 2022

The three national infrastructures ProFi, France-BioImaging and FRISBI along with the GIS IBiSA are pleased to announce a call for a funded access to IBiSA-labelled facilities.

Our aim is to promote IBiSA facilities networking through interdisciplinary research projects.

Applications should request access to at least two different IBiSA facilities from two disciplines (structural biology, Biological imaging and proteomics). The call is open to any academic laboratory.

The amount of the financial support will be up to 5000 € per application to cover facility costs.

Applications should be submitted to: Call-IBISA-FBI-FRISBI-PROFI@i2bc.paris-saclay.fr
using the template document https://mycore.core-cloud.net/index.php/s/VNLU2jgfcP4o0NN


The deadline for this inter-infrastructure access call is 15 April 2022.

All submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed by independent experts and the final funding will be approved by a committee comprising 2 representatives from each infrastructure as well as representatives
from GIS IBISA. We advise the project PI to contact the chosen facilities in order to set-up the optimal experimental design.

Call description

  • Deadline: March 4th, 2022
  • For users from a unit attached to the INSB who do not usually use Research Infrastructures’ services for their projects
  • For access to technologies and related expertise
  • For access to expertise in data analysis
  • The scientific project must be a project in the process of being finalized

The field of Life Sciences has undergone major developments over the past two decades. The change of scales, both in spatial and temporal resolution, and the integration of data from a wide variety of sources, as induced by the development of technologies, have revolutionized the exploration of life. These technologies call for expensive investments and specific know-how, carried out by highly qualified personnel, having led to the creation of common infrastructures such as research infrastructures (RIs) open to the entire scientific community.
The Institut des Sciences Biologiques (INSB) from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is launching a call for projects to fund full access to the national infrastructures in health and biology “INBS Access to national research infrastructures”. This call aims to encourage new teams to use the services offered by Research Infrastructures like France-BioImaging to help their research project. The objective is to demonstrate the significant impact of these services to improve the quality of their results (resolution, reproducibility, change of scale, etc.) or to help remove technological barriers.

Program description

Access to Research Infrastructures is open to the entire French and international scientific community, with costs covered by facility fee billing. The purpose of this program is to facilitate and finance access to these infrastructures in order to encourage teams who do not usually use the research infrastructures’ services to become RIs users, to validate the contribution that the infrastructures could make to their research topic, to remove barriers that impair the completion or finalization of an ongoing project.
As National Research Infrastructure, France-BioImaging is eligible and can host the applicant’s project on one of its facilities.
Several types of access can be supported by this call for projects:

  • Access to technologies and related expertise
  • Access to expertise in data analysis


In addition to the costs of access to infrastructure, travel/mission costs, as well as consumables that are not covered by the costs of access to infrastructure, may be covered.
The funding for each project will be in the range of 10 to 30 K€.

Instructions for submission

This is two-stage submission.
The first stage consists of a letter of intent, prepared by the scientific leader of the project, outlining the
project in which the application fits and highlighting the barriers that could be removed by access to IRs.
This letter of intent must also be signed by the director of the applicant’s unit. The identification of the
infrastructures to access is possible at this stage but not mandatory.
The deadline for submission of this letter is Friday 4th March 2022.

The second phase consists of a consultation between the INSB and the national Research Infrastructures. This will lead to putting the applicant in contact with the infrastructures that are able to meet the expressed needs, in order to evaluate the feasibility and to establish the budget of the final proposal. This stage will lead to the final submission of the project, signed by the heads of the involved IR(s), no later than Friday 8th April 2022.

Project eligibility and selection criteria

  • The scientific leader of the project should be in a unit attached to the INSB.
  • Access to the infrastructure must be fully implemented before 31/12/2022 (deadline for the use of funds)
  • The scientific project must be a project in the process of being finalized.
  • Access to infrastructure must unlock or accelerate the project. The start of a scientific project is not eligible for this call.
  • The letter of intent (maximum of three pages including figures) accompanied by a CV of the project leader (maximum of two pages) must be sent before Friday 4th March 2022 to the following address: insb.ain@cnrs.fr.

Euro-BioImaging first open call for user projects is open! If you have an idea for a biological or biomedical imaging project that you, your student or your close colleague could carry out in one of Euro-BioImaging Nodes, including France-BioImaging, now is the time to make this project come true with financial support from the Euro-BioImaging Access Fund.

How it works:

Submit your project proposal through the Euro-BioImaging web portal between October 20 and December 15, 2021, and indicate that you want to apply for the Euro-BioImaging Access Fund in order to be considered for a grant of up to 5.000 Euros to access the imaging services at a Euro-BioImaging Node. Projects will be evaluated by a committee of independent reviewers. Successful applicants will be notified by late January 2022 and successful projects should be started before July 2022.

What the funding covers:

The Euro-BioImaging Access Fund covers the user’s travel and accommodation costs as well as access and consumable costs at the imaging facilities that are part of Euro-BioImaging Nodes. For remote access projects shipment costs are also covered. Each successful applicant is eligible for up to 5.000 Euros of support.

Who is eligible:

All academic scientists, regardless of gender, nationality, home institution, career phase, or field of interest, are eligible to apply. We strongly encourage early career researchers to apply for this grant.

Projects should include transnational access to a Euro-BioImaging Node, i.e. the applicant’s home institution is in a different country than the Node where the project is to be performed. Due to the current sanitary situation, projects with non transnational access are elligible but transnational access will have priority.

All the external users/collaborators of France BioImaging facilities/labs are eligible:

  • any users from outside the institutional perimeter of France BioImaging nodes (i.e. from outside the following institutions: Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Montpellier, Université de Bordeaux, Université de Nantes, Université de Rennes 1, Université Paris-Saclay, Université de Paris, Université PSL -Paris Sciences & Lettres-, Généthon, Ecole Polytechnique, Institut Pasteur) who would like to use imaging technologies in one of FBI nodes: Paris Centre, Paris Ile-de-France-Sud, Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Bretagne-Loire. They can be French or international users – EU and non-EU
  • or users from a France BioImaging regional Node who want to access an equipment available in another FBI regional node.

Evaluation:

All applications will be evaluated for scientific excellence by a committee of independent reviewers. Selected projects will be assessed for technical feasibility and if needed receive technical advice from the Node providing the service.

How to apply:

Applicants are invited to visit our website to discover the range of technologies provided by Euro-BioImaging Nodes. Applicants will then follow the user access process described here: https://www.eurobioimaging.eu/about-us/how-to-access and indicate that they wish to apply for the Euro-BioImaging Access Fund in the application form.

The detailed procedure to apply to access one of France BioImaging facilities is available here: https://france-bioimaging.org/access/

Full details: https://www.eurobioimaging.eu/about-us/funding-user-access