The list hereunder includes all the on-going projects funded under FP7 and H2020 RI to open their research infrastructures to transnational/virtual researchers/users. These are the projects funded under the Integrating Activities part of the RI Work programme, some of the ESFRI projects (if access is granted to all researchers no matter if their country is member of the ESFRI RI) and some e-infrastructures (provided services are addressed to researchers and not to RIs or other e-infra).
For each project, a short description of the transnational/virtual activities is given as well as the deadline to submit a proposal to open call and a link to the project website and the TA&VA access webpage. The projects can be filtered by scientific domain and type of access (transnational or virtual).
By clicking on the open call button, the list displays only the project with an open call for transnational access and the projects that accept proposal all over the year (continuous submission process). For more information on the submission process, please refer to the RI project website.
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ARIADNE provides services for archaeologists to enable trans-national access to the research infrastructure. These services include online databases and training resources, training workshops and placements in participating research organisations to enable researchers to gain pan-European experience. The ARIADNE Portal will also include a registry, search facilities, visualization, alerts and other online services that will support the finding and sharing of archaeological datasets.
ARIADNE includes leading portals which provide integrated access to several archaeological datasets. The project is developing a core set of services that will be available through a state-of-the-art portal for the archaeological research community, including registry, search, visualization, access, alert and other services.
The last calls for transnational access are now open. Different deadlines
EuHIT is an international scientific mobility programme for researchers engaged in the turbulence research which provides free transnational access to cutting-edge European facilities and scientific support of 21 partners representing both academia and industry.
TurBase is an easily accessible knowledge-base infrastructure for high quality turbulence data. It provides easy access to experimental and numerical data, as well as data derived from theoretical models, promoting at the same time the use and the deployment of standards. It efficiently curates, preserves and provides access to the data and metadata collected or produced by EuHIT in particular and the turbulence community in general.
EURIPRED is a collaborative infrastructure programme with the objective to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure across diseases. The programme focuses on vaccines, drugs and microbicides to combat poverty related diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV, Malaria, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. In this context, EURIPRED supports European scientists with free access to reference reagents, services and trainings.
Applications for all three services can now be submitted anytime
InGRID offers free-of-charge access to research infrastructures with data sets and expertise within the fields of poverty, living conditions, working conditions, vulnerable groups, policy analysis and statistical quality management in social sciences. This free-of-charge access includes access (between one week and one month) to the data and the necessary support to work with the data (needed know-how, statistical procedures, procedures to obtain access to the data, ...), as well as support with the organisation of travel and accommodation.
The calls for transnational access (visiting grants) are closed for this project.
The 'SFERA' Partners: CIEMAT, CNRS, PSI, UAL-CIESOL and ENEA will provide access to their state-of-the-art high-flux solar research facilities, unique in Europe and in the world. This opportunity is offered for high-quality research in the following areas:
- Solar thermal electricity generation: thermodynamic cycles, receivers, thermal storage, concentrating optics, control algorithms, etc.
- Solar production of benign chemical energy carriers: H2, Syngas, etc.
- Cycles for chemical storage of solar energy: ZnO, etc.
- Solar water treatment: desalination, disinfection, detoxification
- Research in basic phenomena and nano-material production processes: fullerenes, C-nanotubes, ceramics, etc.
- Knowledge-based high-added-value material synthesis: ceramics, glass, etc.
- High-flux photochemistry and photo-physics
- Basic knowledge of materials behaviour and aging under extreme conditions.
The BBMRI-LPC project aims to facilitate large transnational research projects conducted in prospective cohort studies. The activities revolve around developing procedures for bringing together samples and data from multiple European cohorts, with a specific focus on quality assurance, ethical, legal, and logistical issues. An important aspect of this work is by providing free access to samples and exposure data to support concrete research projects involving multiple prospective cohorts selected through a competitive review process (i.e. the BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access).
The transnational access calls are closed
The aim of the project under the Transnational Access activities is to offer a framework to share access with all researchers, inside and outside the Consortium, to perform novel experiments and tests with different beams, materials in highly irradiated environment, and testing of magnets and instrumentation. The 3 selected facilities are unique and innovative facilities representing modern facets of accelerator sciences, located in world-class laboratories, which have been recently opened or upgraded.
Different deadlines per installation.
Within EUFAR, Transnational Access (TA) is offered to 17 instrumented aircraft ranging from a low- and slow-flying small single-engine aircraft (ENDURO) to a 4-engine jet aircraft that is capable of carrying several tons of instrumentation payload (BAe146). In addition, 3 specialist instruments (VITO-APEX, DLR-HIS and DLR-SAR) are separately available through TA. The funding offered to successful applicants provides an allocation of flight hours on the selected aircraft. It also provides a small amount of Travel and Subsistence (T&S) funding to enable Principal Investigators and other user-group members to participate in the planning and execution of the field campaign.
Different deadlines per research team. See website
EUROFLEETS2 is a EU funded project providing scientists with 73 fully funded days of ship time on 8 Global/Ocean class research vessels and 127 days of ship time on 14 Regional class research ships including the use of large equipment such as ROVs and submersibles. In addition, EUROFLEETS2 provides for the first time 104 fully funded days of marine equipment-time to carry out ship-based research activities within any field of marine science.
The European Virtual Infrastructure in Ocean Research (EVIOR) is an integrated information portal, providing up-to-date information about research vessels (RV), cruise programmes, completed cruises and special equipment, Large Exchangeable Instruments (LEXI) database, ...
FixO3 support external users by providing coordinated, free-of-charge, access to fixed open-ocean observatories, including: Fourteen ocean surface, water column and seafloor observatory installations where external measuring systems can be installed, including instruments, systems, new technologies and where new procedures/experiments can be tested/take place.
One shallow water test site (OBSEA) enabling practical and fast tests of instruments, systems, procedures and new technologies applicable to fixed open-ocean observatories.
The last call has been closed.
The INFRAFRONTIER-I3 Transnational Access activities support eligible customers with a free of charge mouse production service and a free of charge first-line mouse phenotyping service.
Last call for access is closed
IS-ENES collects and provides information on the European Earth System Models, on the ocean modelling platform NEMO, and on commonly used software tools and offers a blend of support services on models and modelling tools.
Laserlab-Europe offers transnational access to top-quality laser research facilities in a highly co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community.
Proposals are accepted at any time with the exception of some facilities with specific deadlines (see website)
OPTICON is structuring the European astronomical community by ensuring astronomers are able to carry out state of the art research on state of the art facilities. The consortium is composed of all the national and international organisations which (wholly or in-part) own and operate Europe’s medium-sized modern optical-infrared astronomical observatories, and several major Institutes and organisations which develop and build innovative instrumentation – hardware and software – for those observatories and telescopes. All modern mid-sized telescopes are involved, both night-time and Solar.
Bi-annual calls (open in Feb and Aug) to a common time allocation panel for astronomical projects to be executed at one or more European and associated countries 2-4m optical telescopes. Typical access allocation 1-4 nights per project, may be as high as 7 nights.
RISIS gives access to 13 datasets for studying science and innovation
The datasets cover five critical dimensions: ERA dynamics (3 datasets), firm innovation dynamics (3 datasets), public sector research (3 datasets), research careers (3 datasets) and a repository on research and innovation policy evaluations.
No deadline for requesting access
SOLARNET offers to external users access to the most-advanced, largest and first-class infrastructures for high-resolution ground-based solar physics. Apart from the access offered by the world-class solar telescopes installed at the Canary Islands Observatories (GREGOR, VTT, THEMIS, and SST), is also offered access to IBIS/DST and ROSA/DST, key instruments for studying a variety of solar phenomena installed in a non-European facility: the US Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) of the NSO.
SOLARNET provides access the most demanded European Science Data Centre, providing data gathered by the solar satellite HINODE (SDC Europe) and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (BE-WISSDOM and GSC-SDO). Access to the database repositories is freely provided through internet connection.
SYNTHESYS provides funding to scientists (Users) based in European Member and Associated States to undertake short visits to utilize the infrastructure (namely the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities) at one of the 18 partner institutions for the purposes of their research. The 11 TAFs (Taxonomic Access Facilities) institutions represent an unparalleled resource for taxonomic research offering:
- Collections amounting to over 390 million natural history specimens, including 4.1 million type specimens
- Internationally renowned taxonomic and systematic skill base
- Chemical analysis, molecular and imaging facilities.
ACTRIS-2 provides a coordinated framework to support and facilitate hands-on access of researchers to 18 world-class observing platforms in Europe within the transnational access (TNA) programme. The observational facilities offering TNA are representative for their uniqueness within Europe, offering a comprehensive measurement programme at the forefront of the advancement of research in the specific domains covered within ACTRIS (vertical aerosol distribution, in-situ aerosol properties, trace gases, cloud-aerosol observations) together with state-of-the-art equipment, high level of services, and capacity to provide research-driven training to young scientists and new users. Except for the very new stations, all TNA platforms can document long record and experience of access to external researchers or research teams.
The ACTRIS Data Centre web portal allows you to search, analyse, and download atmospheric composition data from a multitude of data archives. The data results from the activities of the ACTRIS infrastructure network complemented with data from other relevant networks, and gives free access to atmospheric observational data to analyze atmospheric composition.
Call for access are open and continuous (no deadline)
AHEAD integrate key research infrastructures for on-ground test and calibration of space-based sensors and electronics and promote their coordinated use. In parallel, the best facilities for data analysis of high-energy astrophysical observatories will be made available to the European community.
Call 1. Trans-national access to ground and test facilities is a continuous call. Proposals will be evaluated on a twice-a-year basis.
Call 2. Visitor Program is closed
Call 3. Trans-national access to X-ray data analysis: closed, next deadline 31 December 2016
AIDA -2020 aims to reinforce the Transnational Access to beam test, irradiation test and detector characterisation facilities by offering common and free TA to more than 900 users.
ASCENT provides access to the world’s most advanced 14 nm and beyond-CMOS nanoelectronics data and test structures in Europe’s leading nanofabrication research institutes. The institutes involved have extensive advanced semiconductor processing fabrication facilities, flexible nanofabrication facilities, advanced electrical characterization equipment and expertise in atomistic and TCAD modeling.
ASCENT gives access to fhe following data for registered users:
Process design kits (PDK) for partners technology
Transistor and test structure specifications
Electrical characterisation data
Characterisation and test data provided by ASCENT users
The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as archival and digital humanities knowhow. The fellowships intend to support researchers, archivists, curators, and younger scholars, especially PhD candidates with limited resources. The fellowships are funded by the European Union under the rules of transnational access and are thus principally open to applicants working at institutions established in member (the EU-28) and associate states.
The EHRI Portal/VRE is a a free-to-use online environment that offers researchers and other interested parties access to all the data integrated and created by the project, and features a range of tools that facilitate the exploration, sharing and enhancement of these data.
Open call with evaluation cut-offs every 9 months (see dates hereunder)
eLTER offers in-person (physical) Transnational Access (TA) to 18 well-equipped, long-term ecosystem research sites across major European socioeconomic and environmental gradients in 17 countries. The eLTER TA scheme is aimed at:
• Scientific users, particularly the new generation of ecological and socio-ecological scientists
• SMEs and larger industries interested in relevant technological developments
• Other stakeholders interested in data and other services provided by eLTER H2020.
Europlanet 2020 RI is a new Research Infrastructure that is addressing key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. Europlanet 2020 RI provides:
Transnational access to world-leading laboratory facilities that simulate conditions found on planetary bodies as well as specific analogue field sites for Mars, Europa and Titan.
Europlanet 2020 RI provides Virtual access to diverse datasets and visualisation tools needed for comparing and understanding planetary environments in the Solar System and beyond.
iNEXT offers access to infrastructures to study the structure and function of biological macromolecules and their assemblies, and aspires to promote biomedicine, biotechnology, and biomaterials, involving scientists with or without previous experience in structural biology.
IPERION CH makes world-class scientific tools and knowledge available to Heritage scientists through three integrated Trans-National Access platforms:
ARCHLAB: access to specialised knowledge and organized scientific information – including technical images, analytical data and conservation documentation – in datasets largely unpublished from tenlarge archives of prestigious European museums, galleries and research institutions.
FIXLAB: access to large-scale facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources, accelerators) uniquely also having expertise in CH, for sophisticated scientific investigations on samples or whole objects, revealing their micro-structures and chemical compositions, giving essential and invaluable insights into CH historical technologies, materials, alteration and degradation phenomena.
MOLAB: access to an impressive collection of advanced mobile analytical instrumentation for non-invasive measurements on precious, fragile or immovable objects, archaeological sites and historical monuments. The MObileLABoratory allows its users to implement complex multi-technique diagnostic projects, permitting the most effective in situ investigations.
Different deadline per installation.
AQUAEXCEL2020 integrates 39 top class European aquaculture research facilities that cover all relevant scientific fields, fish species and systems. The project will provide a single access portal to high-quality, harmonised services and resources tailored to the needs of the European aquaculture community, support and conduct world-class research and provide the basis for a European aquaculture innovation system from basic research to applied science.
HYDRALAB+ supports transnational access to ten large and unique experimental facilities designed for flow, wave, and ice research. This access programme enables Europe-wide cooperation among international research groups to carry out hydraulic research in facilities, to which they normally do not have access. The best proposals are selected from an open competition, organised in ‘calls for proposals’.
The experimental facilities we are making available are designed for research across a range of disciplines, including hydraulics, geophysical hydrodynamics, morphodynamics, ecohydraulics, ice engineering and hydraulic structures
SoBigData is a research infrastructure for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining to the various dimensions of social life, as recorded by “big data”.
Provision of on-site access is granted to six thematic clusters of facilities provided by seven national infrastructures, offering world-leading research expertise from multiple disciplines, as well as big data computing platforms, big social data resources, and cutting-edge computational methods.
Provision of on-line access is granted to thematic clusters through platforms provided by seven national infrastructures, offering cutting-edge services for big data and social mining research.
NFFA-EUROPE provides free access to state- of-the art tools for multidisciplinary, frontier research at the nanoscale: available techniques range from nanocharacterization to theory and numerical simulation.
Advanced infrastructures for growth, nano-lithography, nano-characterization, theory and simulation and fine-analysis with Synchrotron, FEL and Neutron radiation sources are integrated in a multi-site combination which users can access free of charge. This provides them with a unique, integrated access which is not currently available at single specialized sites.
Continuous calls. Projects will be collecte dfor evaluations 4 times per year (15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15 October at 17:00)
The EU-NCL aims at fostering innovation in Nanomedicine by providing access to state of the art full characterisation of nanomaterials intended for medical applications, developed by public labs, spin –offs and innovative SMEs. The EU-NCL shall also serve as a European knowledge base for researchers and industry ensuring that European knowledge is documented in Europe for the benefit of the European economy, healthcare systems and patients.
EU-NCL call for access will accept continuous application with bi-annual review campaign in April and October each year.
ECCSEL has established and provides access to a world class research infrastructure (RI) in Europe for CO2 capture, transport and storage (CCS) technologies research.
The ECCSEL consortium teams up selected Centres of Excellence on Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage research (CCS) from 9 countries across Europe providing access to 43 research facilities.
ENVRIplus gathers all domains of Earth system science – Atmospheric domain, Marine domain, Biosphere and Solid Earth domain to work together, capitalize the progress made in various disciplines and strengthen interoperability amongst Research Infrastructures and domains.
ENVRIplus offers opportunities for free-of-charge transnational access to selected user groups to four research facilities in cross-cutting areas in Europe: ATMOSPHERE, BIOSPHERE, MARINE, AND SOLID EARTH domain.
PRACE provides HPC resources to researchers and scientists from academia and industry through 2 forms of access:
Project Access is subject to the PRACE Peer Review Process, which includes technical and scientific review. Technical experts and leading scientists evaluate the proposals submitted in response to the bi-annual calls. Applications for Preparatory Access undergo technical review only.
PRACE Call 14 is the start of a new era under PRACE 2 with 5 hosting partners and 7 systems. Call 14 will offer 3 time more compute core hours compare to the previous calls, in total 2000 million.
Call 14 opens on September 12 with a deadline on 21 November 2016
EarthServer-2 makes Agile Analytics on Big Earth Data Cubes of sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data a commodity for non-experts and experts alike through
- navigation, extraction, aggregation, and recombining of any-size space/time data cubes;
- easy to install & maintain value-adding services extending the existing portfolio of data and compute centers;
- based on open standards, in particular: the OGC Big Data standards and the forthcoming ISO SQL/MDA (“Multi-Dimensional Arrays”) standard.
In the Services Activity, large data centers (ECMWF, PML, MEEO/ESA, NCI, JacobsUni) will set up water, air, weather, and planetary services on 3D & 4D data cubes up to Petabyte-size with user-tailored clients for both visual and textual ad-hoc mix&match.
EarthServer-2 will provide distinct entry points for the different domains and will showcase a combined federated service, allowing scientists to query/analyse multiple Petabyte scale datasets spread over multiple data providers using a single query, a truly novel service.
The Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence in Computing Applications provides performance optimisation and productivity services for (your?) academic AND industrial code(s) in all domains!
The services are free of charge to organisations in the EU!
Services provided by POP
Application Performance Audit
Application Performance Plan
BioExcel is a newly launched Centre of Excellence for provision of support to academic and industrial researchers in the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) in biomolecular research.
Centre activities are on
As a Centre of Excellence, BioExcel gathers consultants with extensive experience in both HPC/HTC and the life sciences. They assist both academic and industrial researchers, as well as resource providers, with using and improving the supported tools for computational biomolecular research.
EVAg collection of viruses, derived materials and services operates through a virtual infrastructure based on a website and a web-based catalogue. To date, we have more than 1800 products and more to come in the future. To ensure the best quality, we have defined and established a set of best practice quality guidelines adopted by the consortium partner collections to guarantee the supply of authenticated and quality controlled resources to users and harmonized service levels across the consortium.
You can apply for a TNA free of charge access by ticking a specific checkbox (explicitly labelled) while you are placing your enquiry online about a product of interest available in our web-based catalogue (Portal).
ENSAR2 is the integrating activity for European nuclear scientists who are performing research in three of these major subfields: Nuclear Structure, Nuclear Reactions and Applications of Nuclear Science.
Its core aim is to provide access to eleventh of the complementary world-class large-scale facilities: GANIL-SPIRAL2 (F), joint LNL-LNS (I), CERN-ISOLDE (CH), JYFL (FI), ALTO (F), GSI (D), KVI-CART (NL), NLC (P), IFIN-HH/ELI-NP (RO) and to the theoretical physics facility: ECT* (I). These accelerators provide stable and radioactive ion beams of excellent qualities ranging in energies from tens of keV/u to a few GeV/u.
Different deadlines per installation
JERICO NEXT aims to provide coordinated ‘free of charge’ trans-national access to researchers or research teams from academy and industry to original coastal infrastructures.
The project will organize three calls to a chosen number of its infrastructures/installations. Approved user groups will receive local assistance by the operators of the infrastructures they use.
The project aims to provide free of charge “virtual access” to data and information from in situ systems such as HF radar, ferrybox and fixed platforms. The data and information access will enable scientists to carry out high quality research using data from a variety of coastal observation systems
CORBEL is a European consortium that unites Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures in an EC-funded project. Euro-BioImaging participates in CORBEL as the future European research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging.
The 1st CORBEL Open Call invites researchers to apply to access technologies and services from more than 15 facilities and 8 different research infrastructures, including Euro-BioImaging.
By providing a pan-European research infrastructure ERIGrid supports the technology development as well as the roll out of Smart Grid solutions and concepts in Europe. It tackles a holistic, cyber-physical systems based approach by integrating 18 European research centres and institutions with outstanding research infrastructures and jointly develops common methods, concepts, and procedures. ERIGrid also integrates and enhances the necessary research services for analysing, validating and testing smart grid configurations. System level support and education for industrial and academic researchers is provided as well to foster future innovation.
ERIGrid addresses these challenging aims by providing a single entry point to the available research infrastructure and offering a broad spectrum of services to researchers active in Smart Grids. This will strengthen the technical leadership of Europe in the energy domain.
If you are looking for sophisticated smart grid infrastructure with top know-how and innovative installations for conducting your own experimental research, then ERIGrid offers an invaluable opportunity for you.