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CORBEL Open Call for Research Projects

The CORBEL Open Calls -- transnational open access calls to a combination of the services and technologies offered by participating LS RIs -- has a broad impact. Here we show examples of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects that can be realized when RIs come together to offer joint access.

Working together in the life sciences on challenging scientific projects can lead to progress in health and disease, combating marine pollution, accelerating drug discovery and improvements in many other areas.


From the end of 2016 until early 2020, CORBEL organized Open Calls for Advanced Research Projects to meet the prevailing need for combined service provision across multiple research infrastructures in Europe. More than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures across Biological and Medical Sciences joined forces and combined their technologies and scientific expertise to support advanced research projects. Together, more than 90 cutting-edge services and technologies were made available, including access to advanced imaging technologies, high-throughput screening, systems biology, 3D modelling, data repositories and biobanks.

10 Research Infrastructures (BBMRI-ERIC, EATRIS-ERIC, ECRIN-ERIC, ELIXIR, EMBRC-ERIC, EU-OPENSCREEN-ERIC, Euro-BioImaging ERIC, INFRAFRONTIER, Instruct-ERIC, and ISBE) have offered access to their services and technologies in the CORBEL Open Calls.

The Calls for Access to multiple RIs generated a lot of interest among European scientists. Among all eligible projects, 37 excellent scientific projects in need of on-site, remote or virtual access across two or more of the participating LS RIs were identified, selected and supported. The combinations of RIs were entirely selected by the user. Experimental project pipelines across the RIs were established for integrative approaches and seamless transition from one technology to the next. Examples of selected project pipelines are shown below.

Collaborating to enable advanced research across disciplines. Examples of common service pipelines established via the Open Calls.

Based on the needs identified in collaboration with the scientific community, the network of European Life Science RIs was born.

The network of European Life Science RIs, based on the CORBEL user projects selected via Open Calls. The connections between RIs depict the combinations of service requests.

This user-led approach defines the services required for cutting-edge European research projects and supports a new model for biological research, visibly reducing redundancy. The established service pipelines will also continue to allow the realization of future community-driven cross-infrastructure research projects.

The CORBEL users were supported throughout the project, from planning to execution and analysis of the results. Aside from individual project discussions, two face-to-face meetings for CORBEL service operators and users were organized to facilitate the interaction, to exchange best practices and collect feedback.

Access to otherwise inaccessible technologies and highly skilled technical expertise, improving their skill set and technology know-how, producing high-quality data and establishing long-term collaborations are key factors for the high approval rate of the users.

The results generated will help the users to advance in their research and in their careers.

Nearly all CORBEL Open Call users recommend cross-RI service provision.

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If the CORBEL Open Calls have sparked your interest... 
...if you are working on a complex research project in need of multiple, different technologies,
...if you would benefit from access to state-of-the-art research infrastructures and services that are not available in your current research environment,
...if integrated access to multiple research infrastructures would take your research project to the next level,
...then reach out to any RI for more information on access to our Catalogue of Services and technologies, and see below for current funding or Open Call opportunities. 



These successful projects highlight just a few of the many ways Research Infrastructures can accelerate your cross-disciplinary research.


Browse our success stories here


We would like to thank everybody involved - applicants as well as service providers - for their great enthusiasm and the efforts they invested.

Maria Martelli, a CORBEL cross-RI user



Research projects from INDUSTRY supported by CORBEL

Not only academic scientists have benefitted from the unique opportunity offered by the CORBEL Open Call for research projects: Companies were also invited to apply for access to multiple research infrastructures in biological and medical sciences. Both SMEs and large enterprises were able to get support from more than 20 service providers to move their R&D project forward!

Access models

Various access models ranging from pre-competitive open access to more commercial arrangements involving confidentiality, intellectual property and use rights. Case by case, this will be examined and appropriate agreements will be set up with the participants. Results of CORBEL Open Call projects will become available for (joint) publication. If patents have to be applied for, a time period will be reserved for this prior to disclosure via publication.

Costs and Budget

During the CORBEL Open Call participating institutes covered costs for instrumentation and facility staff, and to a certain extent also consumables.

Outside the scope or timing of the CORBEL Open Call?

The CORBEL Open Call may be over, but it is still possible to collaborate on commercial terms; the scope will vary depending on the research infrastructures or institutes involved. With the intention to promote lasting public-private research cooperation, proposals will receive appropriate attention as we are all driven by the common goal to accelerate innovation.


Find out more about the resources available in our “Catalogue of Services”. If there is a match with your company’s requirements for a particular development, or if you would just like to gain a better understanding of what is available, please contact the individual RIs you are interested in. Together we will assess the possibilities and identify appropriate resources at the local institute level, i.e. at the service provider level.

Info for Current CORBEL Open Call Users

Data resulting from access to CORBEL services should be intended for publication by the users, with the exception of data for SMEs.

Support received by the CORBEL project must be clearly stated in the acknowledgement section of a publication with the following sentence: “This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248”.

Relevant research data must be made available within one year after publication of the research results, or within five years after the service completion, whichever comes first, unless otherwise agreed or if the user has specific other obligations (e.g. towards a funding body).

Please note: Data that is generated from CORBEL access stays with the infrastructure user and can be used for publication. The support received from CORBEL and the individual service providers must be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of any publication resulting from this project.


Current CORBEL users can find any relevant information on the CORBEL website.

"I had a unique and exciting opportunity to deepen my knowledge in large-scale hit identification. Both through communication and hands-on experience, I learned the details of the high-throughput screening setup, beginning from assay transfer and adaptation and finishing with the statistical methods of quality control and large dataset treatment. Our project will strongly benefit from the results obtained […] at the requested CORBEL facilities."

-Alexey Koval, CORBEL cross-RI user

"When we read about the CORBEL Open Call we thought it was a great opportunity to gain access to important Research Infrastructures with experience that is not at all present in our laboratory. Through this call, we have filled a gap improving our research."

- Anonymous CORBEL cross-RI user 

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Screening facilities at Fraunhofer IME

Our successful cross-RI applicants benefitted from 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. Our pilot users were also fortunate to benefit from access funding thanks to the H2020-funded CORBEL project. While we are currently not in the position to offer cross-RI Open Call grants, we can still point you to funding opportunities to recover costs for travel and accommodation, access fees or consumables.

RIs are non-profit intergovernmental organizations; as such they are charging minimal user fees allowing them to operate on a cost-recovery model. This investment will get you access to excellent facilities, pioneering technologies and innovative services.

Access modalities vary between RIs. In general, access can be provided on site or virtually, and experiments are either performed by the user, by staff at the facility or jointly. You are therefore advised to contact the RIs directly to clarify access conditions and experimental requirements and to estimate the costs.

For inquiries, please contact RIs individually, mentioning your overall project plan. Many RIs are committed to continue collaborative approaches across RIs and might have a fast- track application process for access to multiple RIs in place and/or be able to facilitate the transition from one RI to another.

Access Individual and Multiple RIs

Identifying suitable technologies, services and sites for your project

LS RIs offer open access to a wide array of technologies and services from the fields of biological and medical sciences. To learn more about the services and technologies offered by the RIs, search and choose the desired services and technologies from the Catalogue of Services

Submission of application

To learn more about the individual RIs’ access modalities, please reach out to the RI and their service providers to discuss your request. After initial project discussion with the service provider, it might be required to submit a project application.

During the service access

At the facilities and by the service providers, an effort will be made to serve you in the best possible way. As remote and/or on-site user you will receive hands-on training for the technologies and services you will use, access to equipment, materials, databases and scientific expertise, and expert support with data collection, processing and analysis. You will also be given guidance for the transport of materials, made aware of health and safety regulations and provided help with accommodation arrangements.

Accessing multiple RIs

Please first follow the guidance provided above. If you are working on an interdisciplinary project and are requesting access to multiple RIs, please mention your overall project plan in the discussion with the service provider. Many RIs are committed to continue collaborative approaches across RIs and might have a fast-track application process for access to multiple RIs in place and/or be able to facilitate the transition from one RI to another.

Current Access Calls



Proposals submission deadline for priority access: 22 June 2020

European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents (ERINHA) extends its commitment to the current scientific effort by launching a call for proposals fully dedicated to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 research. With the support of the EU-funded H2020 project ERINHA-Advance, ERINHA will offer the selected scientists and their projects free of charge* transnational access (TNA) to its cutting-edge high containment and complementary facilities. 

The selection of the projects will be based on peer review & scientific merit through fast-track evaluation.

Applications must fall into one of the following scientific sections listed below

SECTION 1: Diagnosis tools & Immunological Tests for COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2

SECTION 2: Therapeutics against COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2

SECTION 3: Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2

SECTION 4: Process development

SECTION 5: Other Tools & Methods related to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2

Submission deadline:

Proposals are recommended to be submitted prior to Monday 22 June for priority access. Proposals received after 22 June will be evaluated, selected and implemented on a rolling basis.

For any question, contact the CCU team.



6th and Final Call for Transnational Access

Application deadline: 26 October 2020

The EPPN2020 provides researchers from academia and industry with access to 31 phenotyping facilities in Europe. The facilities can be used for experiments with either scientific or technological objectives. EPPN2020 launchs calls for access, open to European groups and (to a limited extent) to groups from emerging countries or international research centers.

Selected users obtain full support to perform the proposed experiments including:

  • Free access for eligible user groups to research facilities
  • Support for travel and accommodation
  • On-site logistic support by the infrastructure staff
  • Access to knowledge and know-how at the research infrastructures necessary to complete the proposed experimental work

For more information on available facilities, rules for access, and application forms, please visit the EPPN2020 page.



The next call for transnational access to chemoproteomics facilities in the frame of the EU-OPENSCREEN-DRIVE project will be launched in Autumn 2020.

Call details will be published in due time at

The phenotyping system SCREEN House at the Institute for Plant Sciences (IBG-2) of Forschungszentrum Jülich. Photo copyright: FZJ

"I would definitely recommend other researchers to apply for access to the European Research Infrastructures. Their offer means a great chance to use instruments that you would normally not have access to and to benefit from their expertise."

- Jenny Ostrop, CORBEL cross-RI user

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