Stage 1 of Call 2020 - Fundamental - CLOSED
OPENING DATE: 8 January 2020
CLOSING DATE: 17 February 2020

EURAMET e.V. and the EMPIR members invite interested parties to submit Fundamental topics.

Stage 1 offers the chance for all stakeholders from any country to influence the R&D projects undertaken by the European metrology community by identifying the challenge, problem or opportunity for potential research topics (PRT).

The highest priority research topics received in Stage 1 will provide the basis for Stage 2.

Stage 1 Documentation

To submit a PRT please upload your completed Word document (using the template provided), via the Stage 1 submit tab, by the deadline of 17 February 2020 23:59 CET.

Call is now closed

For questions asked in relation to Stage 1 of the Call 2020 - click here

The EMPIR Call Process Guides are written generically to apply to all EMPIR calls. Where there are particular numbers, dates, or options that apply to a particular call then those details are given in the PDF link below. Readers should start with the Guides for an explanation of the call process and refer to this PDF link when directed for the specific information on an individual TP or call.

Call 2020 - Budget and Features

The Quantum Flagship has published the first draft of their Strategic Research Agenda. It can be found here.

EURAMET has developed a Strategic Research Agenda for Metrology in Europe. The current version can be found here.

Authors of PRTs in the area of fundamental metorlogy are also reminded that they should be engaging with other fields and stakeholders.

Stage 2 of Call 2020 - Fundamental - Open
OPENING DATE: 17 June 2020
CLOSING DATE: 28 September 2020

To find a consortium planning to bid click HERE

For partnering meetings and training for potential coordinators click HERE

Some countries have declared a strategic priority for inclusion in particular projects. Coordinators are requested to seek the involvement of partners from these countries. The list of priorities is HERE.

Selected Research Topics (SRTs)
SRT-f01: Combined photonic and quantum sensors for practical primary thermometry
SRT-f02: Two-species composite atomic clocks
SRT-f03: Quantum sensing with single electrons
SRT-f04: Next generation ultrastable lasers: reducing thermal noise limit and overcoming technical limitations with new materials and technologies
SRT-f05: Trustworthy machine learning
SRT-f06: Fundamental metrology for proteins
SRT-f07: Spin current metrology for spintronic devices and materials
SRT-f08: Single- and entangled photon sources for quantum metrology
SRT-f09: Towards new primary activity standardisation methods based on low-temperature detectors
SRT-f10: Pushing boundaries of nano-dimensional metrology by light
SRT-f11: Two dimensional lattices of covalent- and metal-organic frameworks for the Quantum Hall resistance standard
SRT-f12: Fundamental physical metrology with cold molecules
SRT-f13: Quantum detection for increased sensitivity of chemical and biological measurement
SRT-f14: Memristive devices as quantum standard for nanometrology
SRT-f15: Non-classical approaches for quantum-enhanced metrology
SRT-f16: Microwave metrology for superconducting quantum circuits
SRT-f17: Metrology for broadband - ro-vibrational spectroscopic gas thermometry
Stage 2 Documentation
Guide 1: Admissibility and Eligibility for EMPIR Calls
List 1a: NMIs and DIs and, where known to EURAMET, the associated legal entities that can participate in EMPIR projects
List 1b: Country information
Guide 4: Writing Joint Research Projects (JRPs)
List 4: Checklist for Template 4
Template 4: JRP protocol
Guide 5: Submitting administrative data for EMPIR Projects
List 5: Checklist for Template 5
Template 5: Project Administrative Data (PAD)
Guide 6: Evaluating EMPIR Projects
Form 6a: Code of Conduct and Declaration
Form 6b: Payment to Referees
Form 6c: JRP Evaluation


Background information
Call Scope Fundamental 2020
Formal Announcement: EMPIR Call 2020
EMPIR Call 2020 Budget and Features
Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreements (AGA)
EMPIR Model Grant Agreement Documents
How to submit
The coordinator should submit the following documents electronically via the Stage 2 Submit tab
  • Template 4: JRP protocol (as .docx file)
  • Template 5: Project Administrative Data (as .xlsx file)
  • Letters of support (collated together as a single unsecured .pdf file) Optional
All eligible proposals will go forward to be evaluated by the referees with proposers attending a 'virtual' Review Conference. For more details see the Virtual Review Conference tab.

Please indicate if this submission is:

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SRTs for Fundamental

The coordinator should submit the following documents as a single ZIP package. The ZIP file (and each document inside) must be named as fXX

  • fXX JRP protocol P1.0 (as .docx file)
  • fXX PAD P1.0 (as .xlsx file)
  • fXX Letters of support P1.0 (as a .pdf file)
Upload your file (no larger than 10MB)

Security Key (write numbers not words): :

Please make sure you have attached the ZIP file before pressing the Submit button.

If you find it necessary to make any amendments please resubmit.

NOTE: If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your Submission in the next page and by email then please email

For questions asked in relation to Stage 2 of the Call 2020 click HERE

ALL meetings will be virtual (online).

Partnering meetings serve as a platform to build consortia to address a particular SRT. Partnering meetings are arranged by potential proposers at a host institute. Neither the host institute nor EURAMET are responsible for the agenda of the individual partnering meetings. Specifics of partnering meetings;

In principle all interested parties may attend a specific EMPIR partnering meeting but must register either via an online portal or by e-mail (details below).

Connections and partnering meetings are independent, registering an interest with connections does not mean you are registered for a partnering meeting. To register interest in a SRT via connections and see who else is interested click HERE.

Co-authorship of a (specific) PRT is not a precondition for attending a partnering meeting.

Attendance at a partnering meeting is not a precondition for joining a consortium nor a guarantee of a place within one.

If a partnering meeting is rescheduled the MSU and the original hosting institution must be informed.

The host institute has the right to close registration early should capacity be reached.

EURAMET have been made aware of the following partnering meetings.

SRT Date Host Organisation Contact Information
SRTs f02, f06, f08, f09, f16 30 June - 01 July PTB Information and Register
SRT f17 02 July - 03 July PTB Information and Register
SRTs f01, f07 01 July - 02 July NPL Information and Register
SRTs f03, f11 06 July - 07 July NPL Information and Register
SRT f10 29 June - 30 June VSL Information and Register
SRTs f04, f05, f12, f13, f14, f15 06 July - 07 July INRIM Information and Register

To register interest in a SRT and see who else is interested click HERE

Please email to display your partnering meeting here (supply us only with a contact person and/or web address).

In association with these meetings, EURAMET will be providing three different sessions to help support consortia. These meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams. More information on these sessions will be provided when you register for one of the above partnering meetings.

Coordinator training: There will be training for potential coordinators and their assistants. These sessions are open to all potential coordinators and their assistants and it is strongly encouraged they attend.

Date Timing Host Organisation
29 June 10:00-13:00 CEST EURAMET
30 June 10:00-13:00 CEST EURAMET
01 July 10:00-13:00 CEST EURAMET
06 July 10:00-13:00 CEST EURAMET

Partnering briefing: There will be a briefing on the partnering meeting process as well as subsequent processes concerned with the call. These briefing sessions are open to all parties interested in joining a consortium and it is strongly encouraged that they attend.

Date Timing Host Organisation
29 June 14:00-14:45 CEST EURAMET
30 June 14:00-14:45 CEST EURAMET
01 July 14:00-14:45 CEST EURAMET
06 July 14:00-14:45 CEST EURAMET

EURAMET will also be offering two additional virtual drop-in sessions which people can join to ask questions. These drop-in sessions are open to all parties interested in joining a consortium.

Date Timing Host Organisation
01 July 16:00-17:00 CEST EURAMET
08 July 16:00-17:00 CEST EURAMET

For general enquiries about these training sessions please contact

This web facility allows you to:

  • Register an interest in participating in research
  • Advertise the skills and or equipment you have to offer
  • Identify partners for your consortium
  • Receive email alerts when someone new registers an interest in the same area as you


  • It isn't compulsory to use this webpage, you can identify/ select your consortium in any way you choose. (Registration is however strongly recommended)
  • Registering your interest on this webpage will not guarantee you a place in any consortium

Connections and partnering meetings are independent, registering an interest with connections does not mean you are registered for a partnering meeting.

To register interest as an individual or organisation click on the appropriate Selected Research Topic (SRT) listed below.

Show SRTs for Fundamental

Details entered here will be publicly available from these web pages until the close of Stage 2 of the call (28 September 2020). EURAMET is not responsible for facilitating communications between participants beyond providing this meeting area. It is the responsibility of individuals to make contact using the details that are given by potential contributors, made available here.

It should be noted that it is possible for more than one consortia to be formed from the interested parties, and more than one submission made to deliver a proposal. Projects are envisaged to be of such size and value that not all proposals can be funded.

In response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the EMPIR Committee and the EMPIR Programme Manager have agreed the need for 'virtual' evaluation meetings for the EMPIR Call 2020. This is in order to mitigate the impact of current and potential future restrictions on social movement and travel due to COVID-19, to avoid last minute changes and to ensure continued fairness for all applicants.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been produced to provide information on the 'virtual' evaluation meetings. The FAQ can be found here

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