Europe´s leading centers for systematics-related research secured continued EC funding. SYNTHESYS3 started on 1st September 2013 and lasts for four years.
We invite scientists based at European institutes to access our collections and facilities with support from in-house researchers and curators.
We invite scientists conducting their research in the member or associated states of the European Community to apply for support: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (incl Greenland and the Faroes), Estonia, Finland, France (incl Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, La Réunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Twenty partner institutions from 12 European countries, including the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), form SYNTHESYS, and offer coordinated access to their vast natural history collections, state-of-the art analytical facilities and libraries and qualified support from in-house researchers and curators. On the SYNTHESYS main web (link below) you can read more about the facilities on offer.
The institutions also co-operate in Network activities to improve the collections’ management, long-term preservation and accessibility, and to secure the impact of the work undertaken beyond the life of the SYNTHESYS project. A Joint research activity develops tools to enhance the quality of and increase access to digitalized collections and data within Natural History institutions.
SYNTHESYS was initiated by CETAF and is funded by the European Union’s Research Seven Framework Program (Infrastructure Activity, Grant no. 312253). The project is coordinated by The Natural History Museum in London.
NRM provides access to its extensive and scientifically important biological, paleontological and geological collections and advanced analytical facilities. Grants are typically for short visits of ca 3 weeks. You apply here with a proposal that is assessed by a committee based on scientific quality. The grants cover research costs, international travel, accommodation, a Per Diem contributing towards living costs, and logistical support while at NRM. Participation is free of charge.
SYNTHESYS3 leaflet - under preparation
From 2009 to 2013 (the period of SYNTHESY2) scientists who have been granted SYNTHESYS support have published over 530 peer-reviewed scientific articles.