2nd Open Call for Research Projects

Please note that on 31 December 2018 the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects was closed. We would like to thank all applicants for their interest and are looking forward to supporting the accepted projects during the access phase as needed!

Despite the Open Call being closed now, we aim at continuing the support of researchers that are in need of technologies and services offered by the European biomedical research infrastructures (RIs). If you are looking for resources offered by one or more of the biomedical RIs in order to advance your research project, you can contact the CORBEL Open Call project managers Dr. Frauke Leitner and Dr. Sonja Hansen for advice. Alternatively, the CORBEL Catalogue of Services provides a basic overview about the existing services offered by these RIs and aims to facilitate the utilisation of RI services by researchers all over the world.

The CORBEL partners are launching a 2nd Open Call for research projects to meet the prevailing need for combined service provision from multiple research infrastructures across Europe. Taking on board lessons learned from the 1st CORBEL Open Call launched in 2016 and the services running since then, this will continue to provide all academic and industrial scientists in Europe with the opportunity to accelerate their research.

Are you working on a complex research project in need of multiple, different
Would you benefit from access to state-of-the-art research infrastructures and services that are not available in your current research environment?
Would integrated access to multiple research infrastructures take your research project to the next level?

More than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures across Biological and Medical
Sciences have joined 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, translational medicine, clinical research, 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 virtually, and experiments are either performed by you, the user, or by staff at the facility (or a combination thereof).
CORBEL funds will not be given to successful applicants directly. Instead, costs for travel to partner sites will be reimbursed (up to €5,000) and access to service providers will be granted without access fee (extra costs for consumables may apply).

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.)
  • Salary for your staff

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!


Timeline: CORBEL is funded until May 2020 and will therefore only accept Open Call projects which can be supported within this timeframe.

Submit your proposal through our online platform following a very simple application process: Choose among one of the 5 different Access Tracks available and select the set of services that will boost your project!

For inquiries, please contact the project managers Dr. Frauke Leitner or Dr. Sonja Hansen. If you have any questions regarding the ARIA system, please contact aria [at] structuralbiology.eu.