Project Submission

 
 

The ER-C User Facility provides direct services as well as scientific assistance to university research groups and research laboratories in industry in the field of advanced electron microscopic applications. External researchers planning to utilize experimental or methodical ER-C resources are kindly requested to follow the four-step procedure described below to apply for periods of instrumental use or counseling activities. In our Facilities section you will find detailed information about our instruments as well as contact information to reach out to our Instrument Officers. For all inquiries and questions concerning the ER-C User Facility in general please contact our User Officer.

 

Prior to submitting an official proposal, feasibility and lead time of your project must be checked. For this purpose, please contact the ER-C Instrument Officer responsible for the instrument you would like to use. You can find the contact of the responsible officer at the bottom of each individual instrument page. If you need support in choosing the right technique and instrument or if you have general questions, please contact our User Officer.

Having discussed the basic scope and viability of the project with our ER-C Instrument Officers also serving as your ER-C point of contact, external users employed at organizations or companies with a business address in a member state of the European Union (except Germany) are kindly requested to submit a research proposal via the European Network for Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM3). For this purpose please visit the ESTEEM3 access page and follow the instructions given there. The ESTEEM3 TransNational Access (TNA) proposal evaluation committee will decide on the eligibility your proposal. Submitting a research proposal through ESTEEM3 implies the acceptance of the ER-C Terms of Use and Charges Regulations. External users are obligated to report on the use of instruments and on the work performed. For this purpose please submit our ESTEEM3 Reporting Form to our User Officer.

Having discussed the basic scope and viability of the project in detail with our ER-C Instrument Officers also serving as your ER-C contact person, please complete the ER-C Project Proposal Form and submit it to our User Officer. Your proposal will be forwarded to an external review committee appointed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) which will decide on its eligibility. Submitting a research proposal implies the acceptance of the ER-C Terms of Use and Charges Regulations.

Subject to approval of your proposal, you may arrange your visiting time and date for experimental analyses directly with the ER-C contact person named in your proposal. Further travel information can be four on our Travel info page.