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September 2016: Call open and submission of the project proposals. Check conditions for application

January 31 2017: Deadline for submission. 
February March 2017: Selection of the projects to be hosted at the institution
April 2017 - November 2017: Hosting of the proposals

To submit your project, fill in the User Research Proposal Form

September 2015: Call open and submission of the project proposals. Check conditions for application

January 31 2016: Deadline for submission. EXTENDED DEADLINE : FEBRUARY 7
February March 2016: Selection of the projects to be hosted at the institution
April 2016 - December 2016: Hosting of the proposals

To submit your project, fill in the User Research Proposal Form

The second SFERA 2 access campaign has been launched with the following timetable:

November 10 2014: Call open and submission of the project proposals. Check conditions for application

March 6 2015: New deadline for submission. 
March April 2015: Selection of the projects to be hosted at the institution
May to December 2015: Hosting of the proposals

To submit your project, fill in the User Research Proposal Form

The first SFERA 2 access campaign has been launched with the following timetable:

January 1st 2014: Call open and submission of the project proposals. Check conditions for application

April 30th 2014: Deadline for submission. 
May 2014: Selection of the projects to be hosted at the institution
June to December 2014: Hosting of the proposals

To submit your project, fill in the User Research Proposal Form

Currently, only the Access to Facilities pages are online with the new SFERA User Research Proposal Form.

Soon, the other headings will be filled.

The 'SFERA' Partners: CIEMAT, CNRS, PSI, UAL-CIESOL and ENEA will provide access to their state-of-the-art high-flux solar research facilities, unique in Europe and in the world. This opportunity is offered for high-quality research in the following areas:
- Solar thermal electricity generation: thermodynamic cycles, receivers, thermal storage, concentrating optics, control algorithms, etc.
- Solar production of benign chemical energy carriers: H2, Syngas, etc.
- Cycles for chemical storage of solar energy: ZnO, etc.
- Solar water treatment: desalination, disinfection, detoxification
- Research in basic phenomena and nano-material production processes: fullerenes, C-nanotubes, ceramics, etc.
- Knowledge-based high-added-value material synthesis: ceramics, glass, etc.
- High-flux photochemistry and photo-physics
- Basic knowledge of materials behaviour and aging under extreme conditions
Access to these facilities will contribute to creation of the European Research Area by:

  • Opening installations to European and ICPC scientists, improving co operation.
  • Improving scientific critical mass in domains where knowledge is now widely dispersed.
  • Generating strong Europe-wide R&D project consortia, increasing the competitiveness of each member alone.