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Collaborations and EU Projects


The ATTRACT Phase-2 project aims to consolidate a European innovation ecosystem focused on breakthrough Detection & Imaging technologies. Departing from the success of the ongoing project ATTRACT Phase-1, this project will focus and fund the proven and most promising breakthrough technology concepts from the previous phase showing a strong potential for scientific, industrial and societal applications. Following from ATTRACT Phase-1, this project will provide up to 400 young innovators the opportunity, methodologies and mentoring for developing novel concepts and prototypes of technological solutions addressing Societal Challenges inspired and in collaboration by the detection and imaging technologies developed within the funded projects.

The ESRF is one of the 9 European research institutions that co-lead this project. 

Start date: 01/02/2021 - End date: 31/01/2025


The objectives of this interdisciplinary project are to 1) develop a system for imaging neural circuits at synaptic level in large tissue volumes, including methods for sample preparation, image acquisition and image reconstruction 2) develop an automatic image analysis tool 3) create unprecedented maps of brain circuits with immediate impact in neurosciences.

The ESRF is coordinator of this project, which received funding from the H2020-EU.1.1. Excellent Science programme - European Research Council

Start date: 01/03/2020 - End date: 28/02/2025


The aim of the CARINE (Coherent Diffraction for a look Inside Nanostructures towards atomic resolution) project is to study in situ and operando the structural evolution of catalytic nanoparticles in realistic conditions during reaction by using the unique capabilities of coherent diffraction Bragg imaging (CDI).

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which received funding from the H2020-EU.1.1. Excellent Science programme - European Research Council. The project is coordinated by the French Atomic Agency (CEA).

Start date: 01/11/2019 - End date: 31/10/2024



European Activity for Standardisation of Industrial residual STRESS characterisation

The EASI-STRESS project has the overall aim to strengthen industrial access and uptake of non-destructive synchrotron x-ray and neutron diffraction-based residual stress characterization tools by validation against accepted destructive techniques and development of protocols, in close collaboration with industry.

Start date: 01/01/2021 - End date: 01/07/2024

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which received funding from the H2020 Research and Innovation programme.


InnovaXN is a doctoral training programme bringing together the expertise of large-scale research infrastructures with the R&D needs of European industry. 40 PhD students will study a wide variety of subjects driven by industrial challenges, focussed on exploiting the advanced characterisation techniques of the large-scale European facilities in Grenoble, at the ESRF and ILL.

The ESRF is coordinator of this project, which is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme.

Start date: 01/10/2019 - End date: 30/09/2024


The LEAPS-INNOV pilot project focusses on the implementation of new strategies and activities for long-term partnerships between industry and the European light sources, synchrotrons and free-electron lasers, with their tens of thousands of users. LEAPS-INNOV aims at kick-starting the implementation of the LEAPS Technology Roadmap and, at the same time, at fostering a partnership with European industry through open innovation. It will offer joint technological developments and advanced research capabilities with LEAPS members for industry as collaborator, supplier and user.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by DESY and funded under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2025


The focus of NanoMECommons is to employ innovative nano-scale mechanical testing procedures in real industrial environments, by developing harmonised and widely accepted characterisation methods, with reduced measurement discrepancy, and improved interoperability and traceability of data.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens. This project is funded by the EU H2020 Research and Innovation action – RIA

Start date: 01/02/2021 - End date: 31/01/2025

NEP - NFFA Europe Pilot

The NFFA-Europe PILOT project is a distributed research infrastructure that integrates nanofoundries (synthesis and manipulation of nanostructures) with fine analysis available at European large-scale facilities, creating a unique offer for the nanosciences and nanomaterials community.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the Istituto officina dei materiali of the National Research Council (Cnr-Iom) .

Start date: 01/03/2021 - End date: 28/02/2026


OSCARS - Open Science Clusters' Action for Research & Society - brings together world-class European Research Infrastructures in the ESFRI roadmap, with the ultimate goal of fostering the uptake of Open Science in Europe across scientific disciplines and communities. 

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the CNRS-LAPP.

Start date: 01/02/2024 - End date: 31/12/2027



Open Science Trails (OSTrails) aims to improve the way we plan, track, and assess scientific knowledge. It aims to go beyond current methods, working with different countries and themes to make existing systems better and connect key parts for research and innovation (R&I). The goal is to create a practical, open, and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) system for European scientific research. OSTrails involves major players in Data Management Plans, FAIR Assessment Tools, and Scientific Knowledge Graphs to set standards and make data plans more efficient across Europe.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by OPENAIRE MAKE.

Start date: 01/01/2024 - End date: 31/01/2027


RADNEXT is an H2020 INFRAIA-02-2020 infrastructure project with the objective of creating a network of facilities and related irradiation methodology for responding to the emerging needs of electronics component and system irradiation. It also combines different irradiation and simulation techniques for optimizing the radiation hardness assurance for systems, focusing on the related risk assessment.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by CERN.

Start date: 01/06/2021 - End date: 31/05/2025


This Horizon Europe project aims to support research into circular materials by offering academic and industrial researchers transnational access to over 50 European research infrastructures from the ARIE network ( comprising light sources, neutron sources, lasers, electron microscopes, ion and positron beams, and high magnetic field facilities. Going beyond the usual service offer, ReMade@ARI will provide guidance and experimental assistance to circular materials researchers. In addition, two offers tailored to industry will (i) aim to involve research and technology organisations (RTOs) to translate industry problems into RI experiments, and (ii) provide small and medium enterprises with fast-track access. The areas of recycling prioritised by the European Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) are covered by this project: Electronics and ICT; Batteries and Vehicles; Packaging; Plastics; Textiles; Construction and Buildings; Food, Water and Nutrients.

The project has 44 partners and is coordinated by HZDR.

Start date: 01/09/2022 - End date: 31/08/2026


This Project brings together, for the first time, research infrastructures, core facilities, business management Schools and European universities, in a new innovative concept to transform the access and empowerment of human resources for national and international scientific facilities in Europe.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the Universita' degli studi di Milano-Bicocca. The project received funding through the EU H2020 coordination and support programme.

Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2025


The EU-funded STREAMLINE project is ensuring that the groundbreaking facilities at the ESRF will be used with optimal efficiency. Accommodating more users, more varied experiments and more data requires a new business plan including training of user communities, updated access modes and innovative service packages. STREAMLINE will foster sustainability and high-impact exploitation. The ESRF is the sole beneficiary of this project.

Start date: 15/11/2019 - End date: 14/05/2024