EMFL consortium receives 7.8 million euros EU funding

Date of news: 31 March 2020

Together with partners, HFML and the other two European Magnetic Field Laboratories joined in EMFL, have been awarded two EU Horizon 2020 grants: one to develop 40+ Tesla all-superconducting user magnets (2.9 M€), and one to expand EMFL’s industrial and user community (almost 4.9 M€).

One of the great challenges of society is innovation through the development of new and advanced materials. High magnetic fields are one of the most powerful tools available to scientists to study, modify and control of states of matter.
The EMFL provides the highest possible magnetic fields in Europe for use in scientific research. To make sure EMFL keeps it leading role, the EU awarded two grants of 7,8 M€. With these grants, EMFL will strengthen its long-term sustainability and invest in the design of beyond state-of-the-art magnets.

Photo: Gideon Laureijs

40 Tesla+ all-superconducting user magnets

The magnetic field is an outstanding experimental tool for pioneering science. Some recent advances open the way for the implementation of full superconducting magnets, combining low- and high temperature superconductor (HTS) technology for the magnets at the EMFL facilities. These magnets will partly replace current high-field resistive magnets in the future, leading to a significant lower energy consumption and new scientific possibilities. It creates new market opportunities in areas such as materials characterization, materials processing, chemistry, biology. It also enhances the competitiveness of industrial partners, and has the potential to create of spin-offs in sectors like medical imaging, materials processing, energy transport and storage.

Expand community

EMFL wants to reinforce its long-term sustainability by strengthening the structure, bridging the gap with industry (offer a better service for industrial users and active transfer of EMFL technology) and boosting the role of high magnetic field research in Europe. The services offered to the academic community will remain open access and submission is organized via the EMFL proposal portal, with the best possible services provided.

Photo: Dick van Aalst


The EU Horizon 2020 INFRADEV program aims to support the development of new world-class research infrastructures which will help Europe to respond to grand challenges in science, industry and society. It facilitates and supports the implementation and long-term sustainability of the research infrastructures identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and of other world-class research infrastructures. There are several INFRADEV programs. The Design Study (INFRADEV-01) program offers the financial support to develop 40+ Tesla all-superconducting user magnets. The expansion of the industrial and user community falls under ‘Individual support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures’ (INFRADEV-03). Both projects have a duration of 4 years.

European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL)

EMFL gathers the HMFL at Nijmegen, the two sites of LNCMI at Toulouse and Grenoble and the HZDR at Dresden. Together it is their mission to generate the highest possible magnetic fields for use in scientific research and make them available to the scientific community. See www.emfl.eu for more information.

More information

Coordinator 40 Tesla+ all-superconducting user magnets: 
Xavier Chaud (EMFL, Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses - Grenoble)

Coordinator expansion industrial and user community EMFL:
Geert Rikken (EMFL, Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses - Grenoble)