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 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 need to be checked. For this purpose, please contact the 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 the basic scope and viability of the project with you, we kindly ask external users employed at organizations or companies with a business address in a member state of the European Union (except Germany) 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 ER-C User Office.

Having discussed the basic scope and viability of the project in detail with you we kindly ask external users employed at organizations or companies with a business address in Germany or in a country not being a member state of the European Union to complete the ER-C 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 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.

All users are obliged to notify their local ER-C contacts about any publication of the results achieved at ER-C. Depending on the scientific contribution, the ER-C local contact (supporting the project from ER-C side) should be considered as co-author of any publication resulting from the experiments performed at ER-C. Proper indication of the instruments used at the ER-C should be made in the publication,  preferably in the “experimental” part. A list of the instruments accessible through the ER-C user facility is available here.

The following acknowledgement statement is required at the end of the publication:
“This work contains results obtained from experiments performed at the Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) in Germany [DOI of the corresponding JLSRF paper – see below]. 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*
    * Please note that in the case of ESTEEM3 granted Transnational Access Proposals, 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.  
 
Please keep in mind that (the lack of) proper acknowledgments for former experiments may affect the allocation the beam-time in the future.    
 

FEI Helios NanoLab 400S FIB-SEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A60. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-106

FEI Helios NanoLab 460F1 FIB-SEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A59. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-105

FEI Tecnai G2 F20: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A77. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-138.

FEI Titan G2 80-200 CREWLEY: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A43. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-68.

FEI Titan G2 80-200 HOLO: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A44. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-70.

FEI Titan G3 50-300 PICO: Journal of large-scale research facilities 1 (2015) A34. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-1-57.

FEI Titan 80-300 STEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A42. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-67.

FEI Titan 80-300 TEM: Journal of large-scale research facilities 2 (2016) A41. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-66.