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The Swedish Museum of Natural History (SE-TAF) pauses participation in SYNTHESYS + call 1

The Director General and the Head of the Division for Research and Collections have decided not to participate in SYNTHESYS+, access part, call 1. This decision has been taken because The Swedish Museum of Natural History cannot currently deliver according to established criteria for participation in the call. Other parts of SYNTHESYS+ will continue as planned at NRM. We will resume work in SYNTHESYS+ access part, and will participate in call 2, preliminary to be launched during late 2019.

For questions, please contact the Head of Research and Collections, per.andersson@nrm.se, tel. +46 8 5195 4038.

Europe´s leading centers for systematics-related research invite scientists based at European institutes to access our collections and facilities with support from in-house researchers and curators. In the frame of SYNTHESYS⁺, a DiSSCo project, 21 partner institutions offer access via 13 national Taxonomic Access Facilities (TAFs)


After continued EC funding during 13 years for SYNTHESYS 1–3, we are delighted to announce that the SYNTHESYS⁺ consortium has secured 10 m€ HORIZON2020 funding in support of Natural History collections. During its three previous incarnations, SYNTHESYS delivered more than 52,000 User Days to more than 4,200 scientists.


Call 1 for applications for funding for Transnational Access within SYNTHESYS opened on 1 February, and will close 12 April 2019.

Please visit SYNTHESYS main web pageexternal link, opens in new window for details and on how to apply for funding. Three more calls will open at annual intervals.
Unfortunately, SE-TAF does not offer access in call 1, see top of this page.

Who can apply for an EU-funded visit to SYNTHESYS partner institutions?

SYNTHESYS invites scientists conducting their research in any country to apply. However, only 20% of NRM's total access funding can be granted to researchers from non-EU or associated countries. Please check hereexternal link, opens in new window for H2020 and associated countries,  the SYNTHESYS+ web siteexternal link, opens in new window for further details on eligibility.


For further information, please contact:

Irene Bisang
SYNTHESYS Project Manager; SE-TAF leader 
Naturhistoriska riksmuseet                                     
P.O. Box 50007
104 05 Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: + 46 8 519 541 30


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The project

Thirty-two major European Natural History museums, including the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), biodiversity institutions, biodiversity networks and companies form SYNTHESYS, a DiSSCo project http://www.dissco.eu/external link, opens in new window

The aim is to create an integrated pan-European research infrastructure, for researchers in the natural sciences in Europe, globally and for the wider community, based on natural history collections. The world’s natural history collections comprise at least 2 billion specimens, of which an estimated 55% reside in Europe. The European collections are thus a major resource representing 80% of the World’s bio- and geo-diversity. SYNTHESYS⁺ offers coordinated access to these unique and extensive collections, state-of-the art analytical facilities and libraries and qualified support from in-house researchers and curators held at the partner institutions. On the SYNTHESYS⁺ main webexternal link, opens in new window you can read more about the facilities on offer.

The partner organisations also co-operate in Network activities and Joint Research Activities. The objectives are to coordinate the physical and virtual access to the biodiversity collections, to facilitate and develop the mobilization and utilization of the inherent biodiversity information assembled at the partner organisations and beyond, to harmonize standards and policies for and to provide training in the use of these collections and data.

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​What does the grant offer?

From call 2 onwards, NRM (SE-TAF) offers access to its extensive and scientifically invaluable zoological, entomological, paleontological and geological collections and advanced analytical facilities. Botanical collections will unfortunately not be accessible during a period of ca 4 years, due to a major renovation of the collection building. SYNTHESYS⁺ access grants are typically for short visits of ca 10 User days (two weeks). You apply hereexternal link, opens in new window with a proposal that is assessed by a User Selection Panel 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 in the SYNTHESYS+ program is free of charge.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 823827.


Read more


SYNTHESYS mainexternal link, opens in new window

Partner institutions offering access to their facilities PDF 

SYNTHESYS⁺ Access posterPDF

About NRM

Laboratories at NRM
NRM´s collections
Research at NRM

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HORIZON2020external link, opens in new window (EUs 8th Framework Programme)

Research Infrastructure in HORIZON2020external link, opens in new window

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From 2004 to 2017, the three incarnations of SYNTHESYS so far, more than 4,200 scientists were granted SYNTHESYS support, and they have published over 5,000 research outputs to date.