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 4 is now closed. There will be no further TA Calls in the current SYNTHESYS+ programme. Go to the Transnational Access page for more information .
There are 4 Calls for TA across the SYNTHESYS+ programme (2019 - 2022).
The TA programme offers researchers:
There will be no further VA Calls in the current SYNTHESYS+ programme. Go to the Virtual Access page for more information and Call 1 and 2 projects that have been funded.
There were 2 Calls for VA across the SYNTHESYS+ programme, held in 2020 and 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:
Thank you to all who submitted applications for access and results will be announced over the coming months.
All SYNTHESYS visitors are required to complete an evaluation after their visit, and update their outputs (such as publications) on the applications portal.