Description The Infrastructure combines both the preserved and living collections of The Natural History Museum, London (in association with The Linnean Society and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), which together represent Europe's leading centre for systematics-related research. 2,250 User days of access are offered to the collections. In addition, state-of-the-art specimen preparation and study facilities are provided. Specifically,225 access days in the Analysis and Imaging Facility, offering chemical analysis (including ICPAES and LA-ICPMS) and microscopy (Microprobe, SEM and TEM) and 540 access days in the Molecular Biology Unit, offering the latest technology to facilitate phylogenetic research; and the Palaeontology Conservation Unit (ca. 25 User Days), which is unique in Europe and undertakes remedial treatment on fossils. All Infrastructure Users are mentored by top-class researchers and curators.
Applications should be made on an on-line/Word 6 form available via the web page or in hard copy from the Project Manager. Calls for proposals are published in Cordis Focus, Research Europe, Research Fortnight and ReFund and are circulatedvia the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA). The User Selection Panel, is chaired by Dr Rory Post (NHM). Users applications are graded according to the: - scientific excellence of the proposed research - scientific quality of the User Group - strength of the referee's supporting statement - justification given for request for access to the Infrastructure - value of the expected gains to the User and the EU's research community - quality and value of the outputs.
Vanessa Pike, Science Directorate, Cromwell Road, LondonSW7 5BD, United Kingdom.Tel: +44-207-9425530