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Recommendations for Core Facilities: DFG and ERA-Instruments

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Usage Guidelines and User Fees

User fees for microscopy core facilities can be covered by DFG grants. A precondition of DFG grants is that instruments are operated in an organisational unit, usually a Core Facility providing usage guidelines. Hence, DFG defined the following standards for usage guidelines and usage costs.


"RIsources (RI = Research Infrastructure) is a portal operated by the DFG containing information about scientific research infrastructures that provide resources and services for planning and implementing research projects." (


"ERA-Instruments aim to coordinate and sustain a network of ministries, charities, funding agencies and research councils which are active in funding of life science RI." (
ERA-Instruments published Recommendations for Mid-Size Instrumentation in the Life Sciences: IV. Advanced Light Microscopy

Literature for Imaging Core Facilities

Importance of Core Facilities

Building core strength, Editorial Nature Methods, 13:599, 2016.
Institutional core facilities: prerequisite for breakthroughs in the life sciences, D Meder, M Morales, R Pepperkok, R Schlapbach, A Tiran, G Van Minnebruggen, EMBO reports, 17(8), 2016.

Core Facility Management

  • The article Advanced light microscopy core facilities: Balancing service, science and career has been published in the journal Microscopy Research and Technique. The "GerBI Best Practice Manual" summarizes the outcome of the German BioImaging workgroups during the first DFG-funding period.
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  • The German translation of the "GerBI Best Practice Manual" Gerätezentren für hochentwickelte Lichtmikroskopie: Service, Forschung, Karriere is also available:
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System Performance

Further Teaching Material

  • A list of external teaching material can be found here.
  • The GerBI workgroup "User Training" has created images and protocols for "Teaching Modules" provided by the workgroup members.