Interdisciplinary Projects in Imaging

Imaging is an interdisciplinary discipline that plays a central and ever-increasing role in science and engineering. To encourage cross-fertilization between various disciplines and closer interactions between EPFL actors in imaging, the EPFL Center for Imaging launched its “Calls for Interdisciplinary Projects in Imaging”, a series of grants to support collaborative projects aimed at advancing imaging technology at EPFL.

Scientists from the lab of Pavan Ramdya at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute and Interfaculty Institute of Bioengineering have developed a new method for recording the activity of limb control neural circuits in the popular model organism, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Six projects have been selected by the scientific committee for the 2021 call:

A more effective 3D-imaging system for Earth System Science and Navigation

Laboratory for Visual Intelligence for Transportation, or VITA (Prof. Alexandre Alahi) and Extreme Environments Research Laboratory, or EERL (Prof. Julia Schmale). More information about this project.

Towards more accurate large-scale gene expression profiles

Laboratory of Neurodevelopmental Systems Biology (Dr. Gioele La Manno) and Bioimage Analysis and Computational Microscopy (Dr. Martin Weigert). More information about this project.

Connecting imaging to mechanical measurements

Laboratory of Engineering Mechanics of Soft Interfaces (Prof. John Kolinski) and the holder of the Gabriella and Giorgi Cavaglieri Chair in Life Sciences (Prof. Alexandre Persat). More information about this project.

High-speed multimodal super-resolution microscopy

Advanced Quantum Architecture Lab (Prof. Edoardo Charbon) and Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology (Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic). More information about this project.

3D nanoscopic imaging of genome ultrastructure in cells

Laboratory of Systems Biology and Genetics (Prof. Bart Deplancke) and Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry of Biomolecules (Prof. Beat Fierz). More information about this project.

Fast multifunctional microscopy for photoelectrochemistry and bioimaging

Laboratory of Nanoscience for Energy Technologies (Prof. Giulia Tagliabue) and Laboratory for Bio- and Nano-Instrumentation (Prof. Georg Fantner) More information about this project.

About 4 to 6 projects of approximatively 150kCHF each will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to EPFL labs working in imaging

The grants must be shared by at least two labs, for a maximum period of two years. They are dedicated to the launching of new research activities and/or the development of tools that can impact the EPFL imaging community at large. 

Only EPFL research laboratories that are members of an ECI’s partner School (ENAC, IC, SB, STI, SV and CdH) can apply. The proposal must involve at least two investigators from different research groups who have complementary expertise in imaging. Applicants must be employed as EPFL professors or senior scientists (MERs) for the full duration of the project. 

There is no requirement for the partner investigators to be from different EPFL Schools or Institutes, although cross-school proposals and novel collaborations are strongly encouraged. Each applicant cannot submit more than one proposal per call as main applicant or as co-applicant.

The selection of the granted proposals is made by a scientific committee composed of five faculty members who represent the various EPFL Schools and a diversity of imaging expertise. Members of the scientific committee cannot submit proposals as applicants or co-applicants.  

The submitted proposals are evaluated and ranked by the scientific committee on the basis of their scientific quality, their level of interdisciplinarity and innovation, and their relevance to the rest of the EPFL imaging community. The final decision is taken in a plenary session during which the members of the scientific committee jointly discuss and compare their evaluations.

Next call for projects in 2022