SYNTHESYS+ Transnational Access – FINAL Call 4 NOW OPEN

25 April 2022


  • SYNTHESYS+ Call 4 provides funding to undertake short research visits at 21 partner institutions

  • Call 4 Deadline: 15th June, 2022 (17:00 UK time)

SYNTHESYS+, one of the DiSSCo-linked projects, has just announced the fourth and final tranche of Transnational Access visits, funded via the SYNTHESYS+ project under the current European Commission’s Horizon 2020-funded Integrating Activities programme.

SYNTHESYS Access funding provides researchers with funding support to undertake short visits to utilise the infrastructure (comprising the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities) at one or more of the 21 partner institutions (see full list below) for the purposes of their research. Since 2004, the SYNTHESYS programme has supported over 55,000 days of research activity across 4,600 separate projects, generating over 5,000 publications including books, monographs, peer-reviewed papers and theses.

We are using the European Loans and Visits System (ELViS) again this year to manage applications, a system being developed through SYNTHESYS+ Joint Research Activities. Whilst we do not anticipate any problems, development work is ongoing, so we advise you apply in good time before the deadline.

All successful visits must take place before the end of June 2023 (no extensions possible due to the end of the SYNTHESYS+ project in July 2023).

Taxonomic Access Facilities (TAFs)


The 21 partner institutions are organised into 13 national TAFs. TAF users will be hosted by a TAF staff member (host). The 13 TAFs represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:

o Collections amounting to over 490 million natural history specimens
o Internationally renowned taxonomic and systematic skill base
o Facilities including molecular, imaging and chemical analysis

Proposals for funding are welcomed from high-calibre researchers in any technical discipline seeking access for short-term research visits (average duration 15 days). SYNTHESYS+ is able to meet costs for:

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