Cryo-EM Sweden Information and Application Portal

The Cryo-EM Swedish National Facility offers access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in single particle cryo-EM and cryo-tomography (cryo-ET). The Facility has two nodes: at SciLifeLab in Stockholm and at Umeå University. Our aim is to provide:

  1. An internationally competitive infrastructure that is accessible to all academic scientists in Sweden on equal terms.
  2. A training environment where researchers can become familiar with cutting-edge methods in cryo-EM.
  3. An educational framework of scientific meetings, practical workshops and training courses to enhance the activity of the broad Swedish scientific community.

SciLifeLab in Stockholm offers single-particle cryo-EM, micro-ED and cryo-ET of plunge-frozen samples, with a Talos Arctica for sample optimisation and two Titan Krioses for high-resolution data collection. The Stockholm node also offers support for image processing via a remote drop-in service, bookable via emHub.

The Umeå node offers single-particle cryo-EM and cryo-ET of plunge-frozen samples with a Titan Krios and a Glacios, Focused Ion Beam (FIB) lamellae preparation for cryo-ET with a Scios DualBeam SEM and sample optimisation support with a Talos L120. The Umeå node also other TEM and SEM applications and sample preparation support, e.g. high pressure freezing, that can be accessed from

The Facility is open to two types of applications: Rapid Access (RA) and BAG (Block Allocation Group). RA applications can be submitted at anytime, they are evaluated for technical feasibility and allocated time in the next quarter. BAG applications are evaluated once a year by a national Project Evaluation Committee, based on their scientific merit and technical feasibility. Microscope time is allocated 95% to BAG and 5% to RA projects. RA applications coming from institutions that have an already running BAG will be asked to join the BAG. The deadline for BAG applications is September 1st and they run from October 1st, every year. In order to submit an application, you need to register an account and log in. We invite you to read the information included in the 'Documents' tab.

Have a look at our SciLifeLab Cryo-EM Forum where you can ask and answer cryo-EM questions or post interesting news.

BAG application form - 2023/2024

Information required in order to submit request for group allocation time for one year.

Rapid Access application form Single Particle and Tomography (2023/2024)

Application Form required to apply for time on a project for either screening or data-collection. Machine time will be allocated on 24 or 48h slots.

The Cryo-EM National Facility was established as part of the Structural Biology Platform at SciLifeLab by Gunnar von Heijne (Stockholm University) and Bernt-Eric Uhlin (Umeå University) and launched on September 1st 2016. The Facility is supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg, Family Erling Persson, and Kempe Foundations, SciLifeLab, Stockholm University and Umeå University.

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