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Synthesys project's third call is open until the 14 October 2011.

Concerned URL
Source Carole Paleco
Release date 29/08/2011
Geographical coverage Europe,
Keywords taxonomy, training

The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the opening of Call 3 for proposals under the European Commission's FPVII European-funded Integrating Activities funding scheme.

SYNTHESYS funding is available to provide scientists (Users) based in European Member, Associate and Candidate States to undertake short visits to utilise the infrastructure (comprising the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities) at one of the 16 partner institutions (see full list below) for the purposes of their research.


Taxonomic Access Facilities (TAFs)

The 16 partner institutions are organised into 10 national TAFs. TAF Users will be hosted by a TAF staff member (Host).


The 10 TAFs represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:

  • collections amounting to over 324 million natural history specimens, including 3.3 million type specimens
  • internationally renowned taxonomic and systematic skill base
  • chemical analysis, molecular and imaging facilities.


BETAF (Belgian Taxonomic Facilities) comprise RBINS, Brussels, which covers Europe and other geographical regions and RMCA, Tervuren which focuses on the afro-tropical region.


RBINS and RMCA research highlights are on



Proposals for funding are welcomed from high-calibre researchers seeking access for short-term visits (average duration 15 days).

SYNTHESYS is able to meet the Users' costs for:

  • Research costs*
  • International travel
  • Local accommodation while based at the TAF
  • A per diem to contribute towards living costs and travel to/from international departure points


* Research related costs including bench fees and consumables (including molecular biology at some TAFs).


See for more information or contact


N.B. If you previously applied for funding under the SYNTHESYS FPVI project, you can view your previous applications and update details of your evaluation and outputs at the following address:


Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.




See Also: TAF Contact Details

AT-TAF Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien

BE-TAF Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences; Koninklijik Museum voor Midden-Afrika

DE-TAF Museum fur Naturkunde; Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum

ES-TAF Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales; Real Jardín Botánico Naturales

DK-TAF The Natural History Museum of Denmark

FR-TAF Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

GB-TAF Natural History Museum ; Royal Botanic Gardens , Kew; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

HU-TAF Hungarian Natural History Museum

NL-TAF University van Amsterdam; Nationaal Herbarium Nederland; National Natural History Museum Naturalis

SE-TAF Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet


The SYNTHESYS Partners are inviting applications from researchers based in the Member States of the EU:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 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: Albania , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Croatia , Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia , Iceland , Israel , Liechtenstein , Montenegro , Norway , Republic of Serbia , Switzerland and Turkey.



Contacts for the BETAF:

Dr Patrick Grootaert, Manager

Carole Paleco, Assistant

Email :



Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

29, rue Vautier

1000 Brussels



Please note that this information has expired.

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