Call for Interdisciplinary Projects in Imaging

Imaging is an interdisciplinary endeavour that plays a central and ever-increasing role in science and engineering. To encourage closer interactions between EPFL actors in imaging, the EPFL Center for Imaging is launching its “2022 Call 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.

The grants aim at supporting research collaborations that rely on an interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate innovative new concepts in imaging. 

The grants are of approximatively 150kCHF each and must be shared by at least two EPFL labs for a maximum period of two years. 

The grants must be used for the launching of new research activities and/or the development of tools that can impact the EPFL imaging community at large. 

Only members of EPFL research labs that are part of a partner School of the Center for Imaging can apply: ENAC, IC, SB, STI, SV, CDH. Applicants must be employed as EPFL professors or senior scientists (MERs) for the full duration of the project (1). 

The proposal must involve at least two research groups that have complementary expertise. There is no requisite for the partner applicants 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. A recipient of a previous grant from the EPFL Center for Imaging cannot apply as long as the grant is running.

 (1) Adjunct professors / MERs who are not financially independent must provide a letter of commitment from their host professor or head of unit, indicating that he/she 1) guarantees the feasibility of the project for its full duration using the means of his/her unit, and 2) takes administrative responsibility for all EPFL personnel financed by the project, in particular with respect to any induced cost or additional resources needed and not covered by the grant.

Eligible direct costs include and are limited to: 

  • Costs for the personnel specifically hired for the project; 
  • Costs for the acquisition of equipment and/or material that is key to the execution of the project and may benefit other members of the EPFL imaging community after the completion of the project; 
  • Other costs: direct costs of infrastructure use, open research data costs, open access publication costs, costs for project-related workshop(s) organization. 

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.

Application and Key Deadlines

Submit your application form in PDF format and the CVs of all applicants to [email protected] by July 15, 2022 (17:00 CET).

The deadlines for 2022 are:  

Call opening                    April 1, 2022. 

Application deadline    July 15, 2022 (17:00 CET). 

Decision                            September 15, 2022. 

Start of Projects             January 1, 2023 (for max. two years).



Selected Projects 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). Learn more.
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). Learn more.
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). Learn more.
High-speed multimodal super-resolution microscopy
Advanced Quantum Architecture Lab (Prof. Edoardo Charbon) and Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology (Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic). Learn more.
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). Learn more.
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) Learn more.