European Union

The active participation of MAX IV in a number of international networks and the networking efforts of the facility staff to exchange knowledge with peers in their field from foreign institutions and develop jointly techniques and equipment resulted in a number of successful projects funded by European funding bodies.

These projects have the common goal of optimising services and guaranteeing that the tools and processes offered to the broad scientific community are constantly improved and developed further. This allows scientific breakthrough and preparedness to address Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, the projects, in most cases, involve industrial partners that help bridging the fundamental knowledge with applications having market value, with the overall aim of achieving societal impact.

Please find below a list of European projects involving MAX IV.


The HALRIC project is an EU-supported initiative to increase the utilisation of the strong and unique life science research infrastructures and competences present in Northern Europe – more precisely Denmark, Southern Sweden, the Hamburg region, and the Oslo region. The primary aim of the initiative is to increase the engagement of companies and hospitals in research collaborations with the large-scale infrastructures (MAX IV, ESS, EuXFEL and DESY) and with smaller-scale infrastructures, through supporting up to 75 collaborative pilot projects.

Project duration: 2023-2026

PRISMAS – PhD Research and Innovation in Synchrotron Methods and Applications in Sweden – is a doctoral programme training the next generation of leading synchrotron experts, co-funded by the REA (European Research Executive Agency) in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND Programme.

The program aims to train 40 curious, problem-solving PhD students in advanced synchrotron methodologies and techniques and their application in tackling current and future societal challenges. It is committed to educating fellows with outstanding capabilities who will carry forward new insights and experiences to society and their research fields.

MAX IV is the project coordinator. The project involves nine Swedish universities as implementing partners hosting the doctoral student. About 40 other partners contribute to the initiative hosting students for secondment periods.

Project duration: 2023-2027

The research infrastructure project ReMade@ARI, which deals with innovative materials for key components in various areas such as electronics, packaging or textiles, aims to change this: The goal is to develop new materials with high recyclability and at the same time competitive functionalities. To this end, the institutions involved want to harness the potential of more than 50 analytical research infrastructures throughout Europe.

The research infrastructure EU project ReMade@ARI aims to be the central hub for all sectors and research areas in which new materials for a circular economy will be developed. The project provides scientists who are working on the design of new recyclable materials with analytical tools that enable them to explore the properties and the structure of their material in smallest details down to atomic resolution. This requires the exploitation of the most diverse analytical methods, involving appropriate combinations of techniques using photons, electrons, neutrons, ions, positrons and the highest magnetic fields.

MAX IV coordinates the central user office for the consortium and provides an expert hub for cellulose based materials. MAX IV also offers access to two of its 16 beamlines to contribute to Circular Economy motivated scientific cases, making available techniques such as absorption/emission, diffraction, scattering as well as imaging techniques.

Project duration: 2022-2026

The LEAPS-INNOV pilot project focuses on the implementation of new strategies and activities for long-term partnerships between industry and the European light sources, synchrotrons and free-electron lasers, with their tens of thousands of users.

LEAPS-INNOV aims at kick-starting the implementation of the LEAPS Technology Roadmap and, at the same time, at fostering a partnership with European industry through open innovation. It will offer joint technological developments and advanced research capabilities with LEAPS members for industry as collaborator, supplier and user.

MAX IV contributes transversely to the project, leads WP7 (Data Reduction and Compression) and WP9 (Innovation by Co-creation towards Global Challenges) and is in charge of specific tasks in other work packages (Advanced elliptically polarising undulator (EPU) for soft X-ray – WP6, Light source procurement and Towards the Big Science Business Forum platform – WP8) in collaboration with partners.

Project duration: 2021-2025

The NFFA-Europe PILOT project is the extension to 2026 of NFFA-Europe, whose first five-year term ended on February 28, 2021. NFFA-Europe is a distributed research infrastructure that integrates nanofoundries (synthesis and manipulation of nanostructures) with fine analysis available at European large-scale facilities, creating a unique offer for the nanosciences and nanomaterials community.  The consortium involves twenty-two beneficiaries and also nine “third parties” as scientific service providers. The project, funded by the European Union with the Horizon 2020 call INFRAIA-03-2020: Pilot for a new model of Integrating Activities, is coordinated by Cnr-Iom. The beneficiaries include academic laboratories and SMEs from nine Member States of the European Union (France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Austria) and from Switzerland, while there are three international organizations. Third parties also introduce new specialized services in the offer of Transnational Access.

Project duration: 2021-2026

iNEXT-Discovery aims to enable access to structural biology research infrastructures for all European researchers, and especially also for non-experts in structural biology. For that reason it brings together a diversity of large research facilities and other groups in a single consortium. Funded by the European Commission Horizon-2020 framework program from February 2020 for a period of four years, iNEXT-Discovery is built on three pillars:

  • Allowing trans-national access for external researchers, following rapid peer-review on scientific excellence and translational research potential.
  • Performing networking and training activities, such as practical courses and workshops, to enlarge and strengthen the structural biology community.
  • Undertaking joint research activities, to increase the quality and quantity of the access offered by our facilities.

Project duration: 2020-2024

ExPaNDS is the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Photon and Neutron Data Service.

The ambitious ExPaNDS project is a collaboration between 10 national Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures (PaN RIs) as well as EGI. The project aims to deliver standardised, interoperable, and integrated data sources and data analysis services for Photon and Neutron facilities.

Project duration: 2019-2023


Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS) is an EU project in the program area Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerak (ÖKS) interreg that started 1st of February 2019. HALOS will build a unique collaboration between Hamburg and South-West Scandinavia, bring together the four unique research facilities MAX IV, ESS, DESY and European XFEL, and create a centre for integrated, world-leading Life Science innovation and research.

Project duration: 2019-2022

The overarching goal of MUMMERING is to create a research tool that encompasses the wealth of new 3D imaging mo-dalities that are surging forward for applications in materials engineering, and to create a doctoral programme that trains 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) in this tool. This is urgently needed to prevent that massive amounts of valuable tomogra-phy data ends on a virtual scrapheap. The challenge of handling and analysing terabytes of 3D data is already limiting the level of scientific insight that is extracted from many data sets. With faster acquisition times and multidimensional modali-ties, these challenges will soon scale to the petabyte regime. To meet this challenge, we will create an open access, open source platform that transparently and efficiently handles the complete workflow from data acquisition, over reconstruction and segmentation to physical modelling, including temporal models, i.e. 3D “movies”. We consider it essential to reach this final step without compromising scientific standards if 3D imaging is to become a pervasive research tool in the visions for Industry 4.0.

Project duration: 2018-2022

The aim of the CALIPSOplus project was to remove barriers for access to world-class accelerator-based light sources in Europe and in the Middle East. To this end, more than 179,000 hours of trans-national access have been provided to these research infrastructures and specific programmes were installed to teach new users how to successfully use synchrotrons and FELs. Dissemination activities targeting industry were complemented by tailor-made support and access programmes for this user group. In parallel the consortium was collaborating on constantly developing technology to keep the facilities at the cutting-edge.

Project duration: 2017-2021

Scientists in the field of structural and computational biology, biophysics, protein formulation and stability have formed the consortium “Protein-excipient Interactions and Protein-Protein Interactions in formulation”, PIPPI, funded under the European Horizon2020 programme. The overall goal is to develop a public database with cutting-edge knowledge about the properties of proteins in pharmaceutical formulations.


PIPPI combined systematic investigations of the physicochemical behavior of a number of proteins with an in-depth understanding of the molecular interactions behind the macroscopic behavior. The consortium consisted of both academic and industrial partners located in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and United Kingdom.

Project duration: 2016-2019


The present proposal for a European Cluster of Advanced Laser Light Sources (EUCALL) was the first attempt to create an all-embracing consortium of all (optical and X-ray) advanced laser light source RIs in Europe. Besides addressing the most urgent technical challenges, EUCALL developed and implemented cross-cutting services for photon-oriented ESFRI projects, optimized the use of advanced laser light sources in Europe by efficient cross-community resource management,  enhanced interoperability of the two types of light sources, ensured global competitiveness, and stimulated and supported common long-term strategies and research policies for the application of laser-like short-wavelength radiation in science and innovation. The EUCALL consortium included the three ESFRI projects ELI, European XFEL, and ESRF(up), several national RIs, and the LASERLAB-EUROPE and FELs OF EUROPE networks as representatives for the nationally operated optical laser and free-electron laser RIs.

Project duration: 2015-2018

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