1st Open Call for Research Projects

1st CORBEL Open Call closed

On November 30, 2016 the CORBEL Open Call for Research Projects was successfully completed.
We would like to thank everybody involved - applicants as well as service providers - for their great enthusiasm and the efforts they invested.

We are happy to announce that service offers from all 8 involved research infrastruc-
tures were requested; in total about 80 service requests were filed. The need of access to interdisciplinary technologies and services was proved by the fact that project proposals for all four available Access Tracks were submitted.
Interestingly, applications requesting access across the Access Tracks were also submitted - a further proof that the services CORBEL offers are of great importance for life science research communities.

Currently, the two-stages review of submitted project applications is underway: first a scientific review conducted by external experts with a broad and interdisciplinary scientific background, then a technical review conducted by the service providers requested by the applicant. The review process is moderated by the CORBEL Open Call project managers, and the applications will remain strictly confidential throughout the review process. Applicants will be informed about the decision in early 2017.

Applicants can keep track of their proposal progress on the ARIA Dashboard (click here).

Open Call Background

The CORBEL partners launch an Open Call and offer all academic and industrial scientists in Europe the unique chance to accelerate their research.

Are you working on a complex research project in need of different technologies?

You could highly benefit from access to state-of-the art research infrastructures and services that are not available in your research environment?

Integrated access to multiple research infrastructures would take your research project to the next level?

The CORBEL Open Call offers you the right solution!


For the first time more than 15 facilities from 8 different research infrastructures across Biological and Medical Sciences join forces and combine their technologies and scientific expertise to support advanced research projects.

Successful applicants will be offered open access to cutting-edge technologies and services available at research infrastructures working in fields such as biobanking, curated databases, systems biology, mouse mutant phenotyping, marine model organisms, advanced imaging technologies, high-throughput screening or structural biology. The access modalities vary between CORBEL partner institutes. In general, access can be provided on site or virtual and experiments are either performed by you, the user, or by staff at the facility (or a combination thereof). CORBEL funds will not be provided to you directly but will instead be used for funding the service providers to perform the access services requested by the successful applicants.

CORBEL support will cover:
- Costs of research infrastructure staff providing the services
- Costs for instrumentation
- Limited financial support to cover your travel and accommodations costs

CORBEL support will not include:
- Consumable costs 
- Experimental costs required (if any) before accessing the services (e.g. mouse cohort generation,
  assay development, etc.)

In short: This Open call is not a source for funding your research at home, but for funding your access to excellent facilities, pioneering technologies and innovative services!


Submit your proposal through our online platform following a very simple application process: Choose among one of the 4 different Access Tracks available and select the set of services that will boost your project!


For pre-inquiries, please contact the project managers Dr. Frauke Leitner or Dr. Marie Vidal.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.