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Call for proposal: Nanobiotechnology laboratory

Feb 01 2019
Jun 07 2019

The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies. A special emphasis lies on characterisation of nanomaterials, microplastics, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.

Nanobiotechnology laboratory

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
  • Location:
    Ispra, Italy
  • Opening of the call:
  • Closure of the call:
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:


Priority topics of the Nanobiotechnology laboratory

  1. Nanomaterial characterisation including their interactions with biological systems (culture media, proteins, etc.).

  2. Detection of nanomaterials and microplastics in complex matrices.

  3. Surface chemical analysis of macro and nanomaterials.
    Surface modification and nano-fabrication. Biosensor platform characterisation.

  4. Cell cultures of adherent cells. Material biocompatibility studies. In vitro assays for assessing nanomaterial genotoxicity, cytotoxicity and uptake studies. Transcriptomics.

  5. Advanced material characterisation for non-bio-applications (energy, transport, etc.).

Definition and conditions of access

Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units (e.g. days or weeks of use, hours or sessions of beam time, processing time and gigabytes of data transmitted, etc.). Access Units are specific to the type and nature of each JRC research infrastructure that provides access.

For the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory the Unit of Access is 'Instrument days' which correspond to the use of one (1) instrument during one (1) day.

  • Estimated total number of Instrument days allocated to the call: 60-75
  • Average number of Instrument days per project: 10 (i.e. 2 instruments for 5 days)
  • Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
    • Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 108 € / instrument day
    • Research infrastructure operated by users: 49 € / instrument day

Options for the allocation of intellectual property rights:

  • The JRC and the entitled party (person or organisation that has been granted access) become co-owners in equal shares of all raw data, treated data and documentation data developed with respect to the access;
  • or, when users run the research infrastructure
  • Raw data, treated data and documentation data will be solely owned by the entitled party. The JRC receives a non-exclusive, royalty free, unlimited and world-wide license to use (meaning in particular to access, exploit, adapt, merge, translate, copy and store) the raw data, processed data and documentation data in all fields of exploitation. Where relevant, the license will include all the data / information necessary to replicate the tests.

Eligibility criteria

Selection criteria

Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with PDF icon weighted selection criteria such as:

  • Scientific implementation
  • Access to SMEs and new Users
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC
  • Strategic importance for Europe

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.

During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:

The proposal should be submitted to by the closing date of the call.

In addition, the Lead User shall complete the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory List of equipment Form and send it to by the closing date of the call.