Project Submission


The ER-C User Facility provides both, direct services and scientific assistance in the field of advanced electron microscopy applications to university research groups and research laboratories in industry. Given that results are published in a peer reviewed journal or an equivalent paper with the ER-C User Facility, its personnel involved in the research, and involved funding agencies being acknowledged properly, access to ER-C instruments for scientific use is provided at no cost. If you plan to utilize experimental or methodical ER-C resources, please follow the 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.


For all inquiries and questions concerning the ER-C User Facility please contact our User Officer.

For specific Life Science related questions you can also directly contact our Life Science Service Team.


Prior to submitting an official proposal, feasibility and lead time of your project need to be checked. For this purpose, please contact our ER-C User Office. They will be your main point of contact at the ER-C and will support you in choosing the right technique and instrument. They will answer your questions and will bring you in contact with the ER-C scientist/-s that have the expertise that matches your project best.

Having discussed with you the basic scope and viability of the project in detail we kindly ask all external users of the material science facility to complete the ER-C Material Science Project Proposal Form and to submit it to the ER-C User Office. 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 Material Science Terms of Use and Charges Regulations.

An exclusive access path for user projects dedicated to developing new materials for a circular economy*, which require involvement of at least two analytical techniques (including electrons, ions, neutrons, photons, lasers and high magnetic fields) is available via unified procedure in the ReMade@ARI Portal. Researchers from all around the world can submit ReMade@ARI proposals for coordinated (free-of-charge) access to more than 50 European analytical research infrastructures from choices available at the same or different analytical facilities. The ER-C Material Science User Facility is one of the providers for Electron Microscopy techniques.



  • 10th April 2024 – for ReMade-TNA access (
    standard path for academic projects – access will be provided after call closure)
  • 30th August 2024 – for ReMade-IND access
    (path for big industrial projects – access will be provided after call closure)
  • 16th December 2024 – for ReMade-SME access
    (path for projects from small and medium-sized enterprises – it is a special quick-access path with running call, i.e. access will be provided as soon as possible, after proposal approval).


For more information, please visit:

  • The ReMade website here
  • The ReMade catalogue of tools and techniques here
  • You can also find more information regarding the offers and Call in this short video.

and/or contact


Submitting a ReMade@ARI research proposal including a request for an access of the ER-C Material Science User Facility implies the acceptance of the ER-C Material Science User Facility 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.

Publication & Acknowledgement

All users are obliged to notify their local ER-C contacts about any publication of the results achieved at the ER-C.

In the case the ER-C local contact (supporting the project from ER-C side) has meaningfully contributed to the publication, she/he should be listed as co-author. Any other contributions should be clarified with the involved ER-C staff and decision on the most appropriate gratification of the ER-C staff contribution (co-authorship or acknowledgment) should be taken based on the bilateral agreement.

An indication of the instruments used at the ER-C can be made in the publication, preferably in the “experimental” part. An overview of the instruments available at the ER-C user facility is available here Facilities. DOIs of JLSRF papers describing individual instruments are listed below and can be alternatively cited.  

The following acknowledgement statement is required at the end of any publication  resulting from the particular experiments performed at ER-C:

“This work contains results obtained from the experiments performed at the Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) in Germany The ER-C beam-time access was provided via the [x].”

Where [x] stands for:

  • “DFG Core Facility Project [ER-C Project Number]” -in the case of ER-C Projects
  • „ Transnational Access in the frame of ESTEEM3 Project [ESTEEM3 Proposal Number and name]” – in the case of ESTEEM3 granted Proposals*
  • „ Transnational Access in the frame of ReMade-at-ARI Project [ReMade Proposal Number and name]” – in the case of ReMade-at-ARI granted Proposals*


* please note, that in the case of:

  • ESTEEM3: for all Transnational Access Proposals granted by STEEM3, additional acknowledgment of the funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant No. 823717, project “ESTEEM3”) is requested by the supporting agency.
  • ReMade-at-ARI: the users are obliged to acknowledge support from ReMade-at-ARI, by the following text string that needs to be literally included into any dissemination action:

“Funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon Europe call HORIZON-INFRA-2021-SERV-01 under grant agreement number 101058414 and co-funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee (grant number 10039728) and by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 22.00187.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council or the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Neither the European Union nor the granting authorities can be held responsible for them.”

Please keep in mind that (the lack of) proper acknowledgments for former experiments is an important factor, which influences a decision on allocating the beam-time in the future.


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FEI Helios NanoLab 460F1 FIB-SEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A59.

FEI Tecnai G2 F20: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A77.

FEI Titan G2 80-200 CREWLEY: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A43.

FEI Titan G2 80-200 HOLO: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A44.

FEI Titan G3 50-300 PICO: Journal of large-scale research facilities 1 (2015) A34.

FEI Titan 80-300 STEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A42.

FEI Titan 80-300 TEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A41.