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: 28 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


Battery Interface Genome - Materials Acceleration Platform (BIG MAP)

This EU H2020 project, which is part of the European research initiative BATTERY 2030+, will develop AI-assisted methods to accelerate the discovery of new materials and battery concepts. It is based on creating new computational models and experimental methods that can go hand in hand towards an understanding of the complex reactions that take place within the battery. It seeks to understand which electrode materials and electrolytes can be best combined to get a battery to store as much energy as possible or to be able to charge quickly in different situations.

The project has 34 partners representing 15 countries. The ESRF is one of the six partners in France.

Start date: 01/09/2020; duration: 36 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 (extended to October 2021)


CREMLINplus (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures - plus) is a Horizon2020 funded project. It is the relaunch of the successful EU project CREMLIN in a significantly expanded form.  It will pursue CREMLIN's activity to promote cooperation between large-scale research infrastructures in Russia and the European Union from 2020 onwards. The CREMLINplus consortium brings together 35 partners, 10 from Russia and 25 from the EU and associated countries. The ESRF is contractor of this project.

Start date: 01/02/2020; 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




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: 01/10/2019; 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


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


STREAMLINE is a Horizon2020 funded project that will complement the ESRF-EBS upgrade by enhancing user operation through new procedures and systems. The ESRF is the sole beneficiary of the project.

Start date: 15/11/2019; duration: 48 months.


TEESMAT is a Horizon2020 funded project. It is a platform (or Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB)) dedicated to material characterisation for Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, Li all-solid batteries, Printed Zn/Li batteries, Lead-acid batteries, Metal-air batteries, redox flow batteries, supercapacitors and any kind of other electrochemical energy storage device.

The ESRF is a contractor for this project.

Start date: 01/01/2019; duration 44 months.