Collaborations and Partnerships

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


VitriMetTech is a Marie Curie Training Network linking nearly 20 institutions across Europe. The ESRF is a contractor of this programme, which is coordinated by the Universita Degli Studi di Torino. The Network’s objective is to train early-stage and experienced researchers (both research students and post-docs) in research methods relevant for the understanding and exploitation of metallic glasses.  

Start date: 01/10/2013; duration: 48 months

X-Probe - Innovative Training Network

This cross-disciplinary Marie Curie Innovative Training Network builds upon the transformative opportunities created by existing X-ray sources and new sources soon to be operative in Europe. These opportunities include using ultrafast X-ray sources to extract time-dependent structural information from proteins; and revolutionary possibilities created by X-ray Free Electron Laser radiation for an entirely new regime of pre-damage serial femtosecond crystallography.

The ESRF is contractor of this programme, which is coordinated by the Universita degli studi di Roma La Sapienza. 

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

Cremlin - Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures

The Cremlin project aims to improve and strengthen the relations and networks between European and Russian research infrastructures both at a scientific and a research policy level. Cremlin will enhance science cooperation between the six Russian megascience facilities and the European RI counterparts, including e-infrastructure and big data. It will  develop research policies involving all relevant stakeholders from science and policy with respect to the European Union and the Russian Federation and it will establish an effective exchange platform of findings and results within each respective Russian megascience project. Finally, it will stimulate and ensure a process of mutual learning across the various science disciplines and European and Russian communities.

The ESRF is a contractor of this programme, which is coordinated by DESY.

Start date: 01/09/2015; duration 36 months


EUCALL - The European Cluster of Advanced Laser Light Sources

EUCALL is a network between leading large-scale user facilities for free-electron laser, synchrotron and optical laser radiation and their users. Under EUCALL, they work together on their common methodologies and research opportunities, and develop tools to sustain this interaction in the future. EUCALL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and involves 11 partners from nine countries as well as the networks Laserlab Europe and FELs of Europe during the project period 2015 to 2018.

The ESRF is a contractor of this project, which is coordinated by the European XFEL.

Start date: 01/10/2015; duration: 36 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

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.

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


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