Engineers and scientists from research, academia and industry are being invited to apply for free access to some of Europe's leading smart grid research laboratories.

Eighteen of Europe's top research institutions from across 11 different countries have joined forces to pool together their know-how and improve research infrastructures within the smart grid sector.

Led by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the transnational ERIGrid project (European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid Systems, Technology, Development, Validation and Roll Out) will give companies involved in the development of smart grid concepts and components access to sophisticated smart grid infrastructure and innovative installations to conduct their own experimental research.

Thomas Strasser of AIT, Coordinator of ERIGrid, said: “ERIGrid partners offer a wide range of installations and invaluable 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,”

"As the ERIGrid project brings together Europe's best research institutions, the resulting dynamic should serve to further strengthen Europe's pioneering role within the energy sector."

Expenses, including travel and accommodation, will be reimbursed – subject to ERIGrid rules and regulations.

To apply, please visit for detailed specifications of the available laboratories, application guidelines and the user project proposal template.