Collaborations and EU Projects


ATTRACT is a pioneering initiative bringing together Europe's fundamental research and industrial communities to lead the next generation of detection and imaging technologies. A consortium of big research organisations will be explicitly leveraged to capture value and create jobs and growth. The aim is to create an entirely new, European model of open innovation that can become an engine for jobs and prosperity. The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 

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

Start date: 01/08/2018; duration: 27 months

BEATS - Beamline for Tomography at SESAME

The aim of BEATS is to design, procure, construct and commission a beamline for hard X-ray full-field tomography at the SESAME synchrotron in Jordan. The project will develop and consolidate the scientific case for a beamline for tomography and implement actions to fortify the scientific community. Built upon the OPEN SESAME project, BEATS will address the issue of sustainability of operation of SESAME by preparing medium- to long-term funding scenarios for the tomography beamline and the facility. The BEATS project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The ESRF is coordinator of this project.

Start date: 01/01/2019; duration: 48 months


CALIPSOplus is aimed at promoting the international exchange of scientists and transnational access to the light sources in Europe. Other priorities are to integrate the relatively less active regions of Europe and to initiate research projects with small and mid-sized companies. The project is submitted by 19 European lightsources. 

The ESRF is a contractor in this programme, which is coordinated by Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf.

Start date: 01/01/2017; duration: 48 months


ENRIITC will build a pan-European network of Industrial Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs/ICOs). This will be done in a community-driven, cross-functional, cross-sectoral, multiplier-based way which will be inclusive and enable all interested parties to actively participate. With a timeline of 36 months, 11 partners from seven countries, and a strong support from 61 Associates from around Europe, ENRIITC will 1) establish a sustainable European network of ILOs and ICOs which enables mutual learning, 2) map collaboration potential between research infrastructures and industry, 3) develop and refine strategies and best practices to foster these collaborations, 4) raise awareness among industry for collaboration opportunities at research infrastructures, and demonstrate impact.

The ESRF is a contractor in this programme, which is coordinated by the European Spallation Source

Start date: 01/01/2020; duration: 36 months


The aim of the GreenDiamond project is to build the first high power electronic device with diamond that is competitive with incumbent wide-band-gap semiconductor materials and technologies. Such a device will open new commercial and industrial opportunities.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the French Centre National de la Recherche (CNRS). 

Start date: 01/05/2015; duration 48 months

iNext - Infrastructure for NMR, EM and X-rays for Translational Research

iNEXT is a consortium funded by the Horizon2020 programme to offer European researchers access to a wide range of advanced structural biology technologies, including X-ray technologies, NMR spectroscopy, Electron Microscopy and Biophysics, in large European infrastructures. Its goals include: providing access to state-of-the-art infrastructures for structural biology, using the research infrastructures to translate fundamental research into bio-scientific applications, and stimulating access for non-structural biologists.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the Universiteit Utrecht. 

​Start date: 01/09/2015; duration: 48 months


InnovaXN is a doctoral training programme bringing together the expertise of large-scale research infrastructures with the R&D needs of European industry. Supported by an H2020 MSCA COFUND Programme, 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, the ESRF and ILL.

Start date: 01/07/2019; duration: 60 months

LMCat - Liquid Metal Catalysis

Two-dimensional materials (2DMs) such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, silicene and others, are currently amongst the most intensively studied classes of materials that hold great promise for future applications in many technological areas. However, the main obstacle preventing a practical utilization of 2DMs is the lack of effective mass production techniques to satisfy the growing qualitative and quantitative demands for scientific and technological applications. The aim of the LMCat project is to develop an instrumentation and methodology capable of studying the ongoing chemical reactions on the molten catalyst.

The ESRF is a contractor in this programme, which is coordinated by Leiden University in The Netherlands.

Start date: 01/01/2017; duration: 48 months

NFFA - Nanoscience Foundries & Fine Analysis

NFFA.EUROPE sets out a platform to carry out comprehensive projects for multidisciplinary research at the nanoscale extending from synthesis to nanocharacterization to theory and numerical simulation. Advanced infrastructures specialized on growth, nano-lithography, nano-characterization, theory and simulation and fine-analysis with Synchrotron, FEL and Neutron radiation sources are integrated in a multi-site combination to develop frontier research on methods for reproducible nanoscience research and to enable European and international researchers from diverse disciplines to carry out advanced proposals impacting science and innovation.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.

Start date: 01/09/2015; duration: 48 months

Open Sesame

The aim of the Open Sesame project is to ensure the optimal exploitation of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source. Its main objectives are:  to train SESAME staff in the storage ring and beamline instrumentation technology, research techniques and administration, to build-up human capacity in Middle East researchers to optimally exploit SESAME’s infrastructure, and to train SESAME staff and user community in public outreach and corporate communications, as well as to support SESAME and its stakeholders in building awareness and demonstrating its socio-economic impact to assure longer term exploitation.

The ESRF is coordinator of this project.

Start date: 01/01/2017; duration: 36 months

PANOSC - Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud

The Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud is a European project for making FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible) data a reality in 6 European Strategy Forum Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Research Infrastructures such as the ones on the ESFRI roadmap are characterised by the very significant data volumes they generate and handle. These data are of interest to thousands of researchers across scientific disciplines and to other potiential users via Open Access policies.  PANOSC will ensure the connection of the research infrastructures identified in the ESFRI roadmap to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). PANOSC received funding from the EU Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.

The ESRF is coordinator of this project.

Start date: 01/12/2018; duration: 48 months

PEARL - Periodically Bent Crystals for Crystalline Undulators

The PEARL project aims aims at advancing the technologies for manufacturing high quality Periodically Bent Crystals (PBCr). The PBCr developed will be used for the construction of novel light sources of high-energy monochromatic electromagnetic radiation by means of a Crystalline Undulator (CU). The technological and experimental part of this project will be accompanied by the complimentary advanced theoretical research utilising modern theoretical, computational and modelling methods accomplished with high performance computing techniques.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by MBN Research Center GmbH.

Start date: 01/01/2016; duration: 48 months.