Financial Assistance

Eligible users receive financial support from the ESRF for travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses directly related to the experiment.

  • Users affiliated to universities and publicly funded laboratories of ESRF member countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, srael, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom),
  • Users from non-publicly subsidised laboratories (i.e.private companies) of ESRF member countries participating in a peer-reviewed experiment.

Download the reimbursement claim form (.xls file).


  • Users from a laboratory located in Grenoble are not eligible for the reimbursement of their travel and accommodation expenses.
  • The ESRF provides financial assistance only for subsistence expenses incurred during the experiment (meals during the trip are not paid by ESRF)
  • Users who do not receive financial assistance must still be registered on the A Form to be accommodated at the Guesthouse on site:
    • they will finance their travel expenses
    • they will pay directly their stay at the Guesthouse
    • they will have to charge their site entrance badge at the cash desk of the restaurant, for meals taken at the restaurant.
  • Up to 3 persons for a standard experiment,
  • Up to 3 persons for SANS-SAXS experiments (ILL/ESRF Joint Proposals)
  • Up to 4 persons for the following categories of proposals: BAG proposals, Long Term Project proposals and experiments rated as 'Red experiments' by the Safety Group.

Note: Additional users may be included in the experimental team, but these persons will not benefit from any reimbursement of expenses by the ESRF.

Download the file 'Reimbursement regulations' (PDF).

Eligible users will be subsidised for travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for a period including the duration of both the SAXS and SANS experiments, plus an interval of up to 4 days between experiments, plus an additional allowance of 3 days (e.g. for setup).

The reimbursement of travel expenses is made on the basis of the most economical means of transport and on presentation of tickets.

  • Train: 2nd class, where the return journey is less than 1 200 kms
  • Air: economy flight, where the return journey is 1 200 kms or more, plus airport shuttle expenses.
  • Car:

    When no ticket is available, or if a private car is used for a single 'reimbursed' user: reimbursement made on the basis of kilometres travelled (without prior authorisation) up to the price of the train fare (2nd class).

If a private car is used for the transport of two or more reimbursed users involved in the approved experiment (no prior authorisation requested in this case): reimbursement at standard rates made to the owner of the car only, on the basis of kilometres travelled. Motorway tolls will also be reimbursed on presentation of receipts. Please mention on the Reimbursement Claim the name of the users who travelled together in the same car.

If a user transports by car equipment necessary to carry out the approved experiment: reimbursement on the basis of kilometres travelled, provided prior written authorisation has been given by the ESRF User Office. Motorway tolls will also be reimbursed on presentation of receipts.

  • Car hire:

    When all the participants entitled to be reimbursed (minimum of 3) travel together by air through the airports of Lyon Saint-Exupéry or Geneva Cointrin, the ESRF will pay for a rental car instead of the airport shuttle, provided the booking is made through the ESRF Travel Office. Please contact the ESRF Travel Office (Tel: +33 (0)4 76 88 21 03 / 24 81).

Visitors invited for experiments will be accommodated in the Guesthouse (except if affiliated to a laboratory located in Grenoble).  The Guesthouse has 114 single bedrooms and 20 twin rooms. Where this is not possible, the ESRF Reception Office will book hotel rooms to be paid directly by the ESRF.

Users receiving financial support from the ESRF

The costs of the room and breakfast will be paid directly by the ESRF provided that the booking is made by the ESRF.

Users not receiving financial support from the ESRF

The request for accommodation arrangements must be made through the A Form, as for the reimbursed users. However they will have to pay their stay directly at the Guesthouse (in cash, by cheque on a French bank or by credit card).

The price per person per night is:

  • 35.04 € for a single room
  • 28.36 € for a twin room
  • 2.62 € for breakfast

The site entrance badge is used for the payment of meals at the ILL/ESRF common restaurant.

  • Breakfast is served in the Guesthouse (2.62€).
  • Other meals are served in the joint ILL/ESRF restaurant on site (EPN campus website restaurant information).
  • The site entrance badge carries the canteen credit.
  • The restaurant uses a points system: the cost in points of each dish is displayed in the canteen.

Users receiving a contribution towards expenses

  • The badge is charged by the ESRF,
  • Users are allocated a meal allowance corresponding to the number of meals covered by the ESRF during the period of the experiment, with a limit of 25 points per meal on average,
  • If all pre-paid points are spent by the user before the end of the stay, the user can add extra points by crediting their card at the cash desk located in the entrance hall of the restaurant: any credit remaining on the badge at the end of the stay can be reimbursed by the restaurant (see below).

Note: the ESRF will not pay for or reimburse meals purchased elsewhere or during travel to/from the ESRF.

Users not receiving financial support from the ESRF

  • The user credits their badge at the restaurant cash desk (entrance hall of the restaurant), before the first meal.
  • Credit remaining on the badge at the end of the stay can be reimbursed by the restaurant (see below).

Reimbursement of credit remaining on the badge

If the user charged his/her badge, any credit remaining on the badge at the end of the stay can be reimbursed:

  • from Monday to Friday by the restaurant cashier during opening hours (11:30am -13:30pm)
  • during evening and week-end services, the cash desk in the entrance hall of the restaurant is closed: the refund of remaining credit is made at cash desk inside the restaurant.
  • The reimbursement claim has to be sent no later than 4 months after the visit, to the following address : ESRF, User Office, CS 40220, 71 avenue des Martyrs, 38043 Grenoble Cedex 9
  • Reimbursement claims will only be processed when all written proof of expenditure is attached (please paste your receipts on separate blank sheets of paper), and when the site badge has been returned to the security staff at the site entrance.

Expenses will be paid as follows

  •  In exceptional cases, small amounts (up to 80 €) may be reimbursed in cash. Please come to the User Office (Central Building, ground floor, room 004) during your visit to request a cash reimbursement.
  • Other Expenses are paid by bank transfer provided that full bank details have been supplied in the User Account (tab 'Reimbursement Data'). The user will be responsible for any charges incurred on their bank account in relation to such transfers.

Note: Please make sure that students coming for experiments have their expenses covered at the time of their visit. For example, the person leading the experimental team could advance the total costs for the group, and then make one claim for reimbursement on behalf of all of the members. In this case, simply write on the reimbursement claim 'this claim represents the total costs for experiment xx-yyy' and enclose all receipts.

Last modified 4 October 2016
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