The world's natural history collections contain at least 2 billion specimens, of which an estimated 55% reside in Europe. The SYNTHESYS Access programme allows researchers (Users) to access collections in the SYNTHESYS consortium that may be out of reach, and to undertake research with the support of a 'Taxonomic Access Facility' (TAF).
Each year (until 2022), there will be a Call for potential Users to submit their proposals for collections access. For the first time in the SYNTHESYS project, two kinds of Access will be offered: Transnational Access (TA), and Virtual Access (VA).
The SYNTHESYS Access programme is unique as it allows collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities to be available for Users whilst covering many of the cost and resource requirements normally associated with collections access and collections research - be these requirements physical (TA), or digital (VA).
The 13 TAF participating institutions represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:
Researchers from both within and outside the EU and Associated countries can apply. We welcome applications from researchers across the world.
See below more information on our TA and VA programme, including dates for upcoming and present Calls.
Call 3 is now open. Deadline for applications is 16th April 2021 (17.00 UK time). Go to the Transnational Access page for more information on how to apply.
There will be 4 Calls for TA across the SYNTHESYS+ programme (2019 - 2022).
The TA programme offers researchers:
Call 2 is now open. Call 2 closes on 21st May 2021 (17.00 UK time). Deadline for contacting VA Coordinator(s) is 30th April 2021. Go to the Virtual Access page for more information on how to apply.
There will be 2 Calls for VA across the SYNTHESYS+ programme. The second Call opened for proposals on 22nd March 2021.
The VA programme is a new step for the SYNTHESYS programme. It gives researchers an opportunity to propose and make the case for a collection or collection item(s) to be digitised by the holding institution for the wider benefit of the collections community. A successful VA proposal will mean the organisation will use SYNTHESYS+ funding to digitise their own collection via their own digital workflows.
The VA programme offers researchers:
The 3rd call for Transnational Access is now accepting applications.
Closing date: 16 April 2021 1700 UK time
The 2nd call for Virtual Access is now accepting applications.
Closing date: 21 May 2021 1700 UK time. Deadline for contacting VA Coordinator(s) is 30 April 2021.
All SYNTHESYS visitors are required to complete an evaluation after their visit, and update their outputs (such as publications) on the applications portal.