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Next Call for Access - 1 Feb 2019

17 Dec 2018

The SYNTHESYS+ consortium will accept applications for Access between 1 February - 12 April, 17.00 UK time. 

The Access stream of the project facilitates and allocates funds for visits to collections and research infrastructures (including lab facilities) in a country where the user does not work. Funds allow external scientists to be hosted for a short time at consortium institutions. It is essential that every SYNTHESYS+ visitor to any institution makes contact with a host and that the host agrees to support the research proposal.

SYNTHESYS+ is the largest network of natural science institutions ever coordinated under the SYNTHESYS banner. It comprises of:

  •  21 world-leading collections-holding institutions
  •  The combined might of the European branches of the global natural science organisations (GBIF, TDWF, GGBN, and CETAF)
  • Commercial partners who will assist in the development of AI and other technologies, that will transform the way specimen data are refined, digitised, and made openly available.

For the first time, access to collections in Finland and Israel will be available through SYNTHESYS, with the Finnish Museum of Natural History creating a new “FI-TAF” (Taxonomic Access Facility) and the National Natural History Collections at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem forming “IL-TAF”.  Together with additions in Germany (Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig) and Belgium (Botanic Garden Meise), these four institutions are new members of the consortium.

All applications will be assessed impartially and using a weighted scoring system. This system will consider the strength of proposed research, supporting statements, whether they address societal challenges, and other grounds of merit. Scoring will be made by a User Selection Panel (USP). A guide to the USP process as well as guidelines for hosts will be made available.

Overall the project will offer 7,000 funded visitor days. 

The applications portal will go live on 1 February 2019 on the SYNTHESYS+ website. Content on the website is still being updated, but please do direct colleagues and collaborators to this information wherever possible. 

Contact for more information. 

A list of facilities on offer at each research institution will be available shortly.

Click here for information on each member institution. 

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