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SYNTHESYS3: Funding available for short term research visits - 4th and final Access call now open

Contributed by: Natural History Museum

The SYNTHESYS Management Team are pleased to announce the fourth and final call for applications under the SYNTHESYS3 project. Access funding is available to scientists to undertake short term research visits in 18 prestigious European institutions.
SYNTHESYS invites applications from high-calibre scientists in any technical discipline seeking access to any of the listed partner institutions for short-term research visits (average duration 15 days).

The 18 partner institutions are organised into 11 national TAFs (Taxonomic Access Facilities). TAF Users will be hosted by a TAF staff member (Host). The 11 TAFs represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:

- Collections amounting to over 390 million natural history specimens, including 3.3 million type specimens
- Internationally renowned taxonomic and systematic skill base
- Facilities including molecular and imaging and chemical analysis

For more information on the participating institutions, please see

To submit an application, please do so through the application portal at

SYNTHESYS is able to meet the Users' costs for:

- Research costs (bench fees and laboratory consumables)
- International travel & local accommodation while based at the TAF
- A per diem contribution towards living costs

So far throughout SYNTHESYS 1, 2 and 3 over 48,000 researcher days have been funded via 3,800 projects resulting in 4,500 research outputs. This is the last chance to receive funding under the SYNTHESYS Access programme.

Our participating institutions are as follows:

AT-TAF: Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien
BE-TAF: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences & Royal Museum of Central Africa
CZ-TAF: Narodni Muzeum, Praha
DE-TAF: Museum fur Naturkunde, Botanischer Garten Und Botanisches Museum, Senckenberg Gesellschaft fur Naturforschung & State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart
DK-TAF: The Natural History Museum of Denmark
ES-TAF: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales & Real Jardin Botanico Naturalis (CSIC)
FR-TAF: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
GB-TAF: Natural History Museum (London), Royal Botanic Gardens Kew & Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
HU-TAF: Hungarian Natural History Museum
NL-TAF: Naturalis Biodiversity Center
SE-TAF: Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet


The SYNTHESYS TAFs are inviting Access applications from scientists working in the Member States of the EU:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, La Réunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Plus the Associated Countries of the EU under FP7:
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Republic of Moldova Republic of Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.



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  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom


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