Get Free Access to Leading Smart Grid and Energy Systems Labs and Services

ERIGrid 2.0 invites all interested engineers involved in the domains of power system testing, smart grids and energy systems to receive free funding to access the best laboratories of Europe and perform their own experimental research. There are two kinds of lab access services available in ERIGrid 2.0:

free Access to 21 physical labs

Physical free access to our laboratories can be performed on-site at the location of the lab or remotely if the infrastructure allows. To get this access you need to apply as described below and to be selected by the independent User Selection Panel

If your application is successful, you will receive funding for your research stay at the location of the laboratory you selected, completely covering the following expenses:



All lab operation costs and physical lab access to ERIGrid 2.0 testing and simulation facilities

Access to concentrated know-how and best practices in the field of smart grid and energy systems, such as: power system components characterisation and evaluation, smart grid ICT / automation validation, co-simulation, real-time simulation and Power/Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), and others.

Please note that applications close automatically on the date of the deadline, and no late applications can be accepted.

Schedule of calls for lab access proposals:

  • 1st call: October 2020 – 31 December 2020
  • 2nd call: February 2021 – April 2021
  • 3rd call: June 2021 – August 2021

Further calls for physical lab access will be closing regularly on a 3-4 months basis.

free access to 9 virtual facilities

The access to the virtual facilities requires no specific application and user proposals are not submitted to a selection process. 

You can access and start using the free virtual services right away taking the following points into account:

The provided virtual data, services and resources are openly and freely available under open access licenses through communication networks.

Access to virtual services allows for a quick, easy and casual access to existing virtual resources by eliminating administrative obstacles.

Users can try the provided virtual services without obligations.

No individual support or supervision is offered to the users.

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Physical Labs and Virtual Services

Access to physical labs can be on-site or remote, depending on the conditions of specific laboratories. To know if remote access can be organised in your case, please contact the laboratory staff through corresponding subpages below.​

Application process

Identify your experimental needs: empirical topic and testing/validation goals


Select potential labs (up to 3) which are suitable for your topic


Build up your team or decide to apply as an individual user


Write the proposal using this template


Your proposal will be evaluated by independent reviewers from this list — Please point out any names that may involve a conflict of interest in the proposal submission system


Register yourself in the proposal submission system and submit your proposal – list all user group members in the submission system (same list as in the proposal)

ERIGrid 2.0 partners offer a wide range of installations and competences to assist successful applicants with conducting experiments. Such a common framework of applied smart grid expertise will accelerate the development of an integrated pan-European research infrastructure.​
Thomas Strasser (AIT)
Coordinator of ERIGrid 2.0

Selection criteria

Your proposal for physical lab access must meet the following criteria:

  • Scientific and technical relevance, originality and innovation, methodology, robust and realistic test/evaluation approach
  • Prospect of knowledge enhancement at the research infrastructures
  • Completeness and organisation of the proposal, clear definition of the objectives and expected results, relevance of the proposed dissemination actions, justified amount of requested access
  • Compliance with European RTD policies and priorities; prospect of social impact and impact on EU industry. New users, young researchers, female researchers are especially welcome.

The evaluation will be performed by the User Selection Panel, an international independent group of experts with diverse profiles (academia, industry) covering the different domains of the smart energy systems (power systems, ICT, etc.). In parallel, a technical and economic feasibility check for the potential lab implementation will be done by the addressed ERIGrid 2.0 infrastructures.


Applications are submitted by User Groups (UG). A UG is a team of one or more researchers from one or more institutions/companies which is led by a so-called user group leader.

The typical duration of a user project may vary from about one week up to one month. Longer stays up to two or three month are in principle possible but in such a case the targeted hosting infrastructure should be contacted in advance in order to check lab availability and potential budget restrictions.

The User Group (UG) leader and the majority of the UG must work in a country other than the one where the requested infrastructure is located.

The entire evaluation process is expected to be completed in about one to two months after the submission deadline.

When a proposal is accepted, a focussed interaction between the user group and the host lab starts to agree on the access period, and the technical and administrative details. A contract must be signed before the commencement of the project implementation in the lab.

You need to be employed by organisations located in the European Union or Associated Countries. Limited access is also provided to applicants from non-EU countries and other developing countries. Further information about this limitation is provided in the Lab Access Guide

Yes, you must be able to publicly report about the conducted project (except SMEs).

When the access is finished the user group must report on the obtained results producing a “Technical Report”. This is a mandatory condition to benefit from this opportunity.

You can find examples of already completed projects by successful lab access users in ERIGrid-1 and their success stories.

For any questions you can contact us here.