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.
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
EPPN offers European scientists transnational access to 23 experimental plant phenotyping installations, at 7 different institutions, in 5 countries across Europe.
The project is closed.
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.
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
Free access to unique facilities and technical installations to execute experimental tests arising from science and developement in fuel cells and hydrogen technology. Free access to more than 50 installations regarding: fuel cells, hydrogen production and storage, safety issue.
The H2FC Cyber-Laboratory provides open access, for European stakeholders, to modelling and engineering tools in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
The project is closed. Last call closed on October 2015
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 '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.
Trees4Future aims to support forest research and help the European forestry and wood industries develop sustainable solutions for the future in the context of climate change, by improving and facilitating access to state-of-the-art research facilities throughout Europe. These include databanks, biobanks, models and decision-support systems, laboratories and other facilities. The Transnational Access programme offers external users free access to the 28 Trees4Future specialised research structures and facilities.
The transnational access calls are closed.
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
BioStruct-X provides integrated transnational access to 44 specific and targeted installations in four areas in X-ray-based high-resolution structural biology: biological small angle X-ray scattering (WP2); macromolecular X-ray crystallography (WP3); biological X-ray imaging (WP4); and protein production and high-throughput crystallisation (WP5). The project operates a central Block Allocation Group (BAG) proposal mechanism, which will promote project excellence, multi-site applications and the combination of different
The project is closed
BRISK - Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge - funds researchers from any EU country to carry out research at any of the 26 partners’ facilities.
The project is closed.
The CENDARI Visiting Research Fellowships are intended to support and stimulate historical research in the two pilot areas of medieval European culture and the First World War, by facilitating access to key archives, specialist knowledge and collections in CENDARI host institutions. In particular, the CENDARI project is committed to hosting early career scholars who aim to apply digital humanities methods to their historical enquiry. The fellowships are particularly designed to support researchers from countries without equivalent facilities and early career scholars with limited access to these research infrastructures. The aim of CENDARI is to produce a digital research platform, called the Virtual Research Environment (VRE). The VRE will allow scholars to access historical resources across institutional and national boundaries. The core resources of the VRE are the Note-Taking Environment, the Archival Directory and an advanced search functionality.
The project is closed.
Funding for investigator-driven clinical research projects is available at the national level, but usually not for multinational studies in Europe. This call aims at facilitating the conduction of multinational trials, making Europe a single area for clinical research.
The project is closed.
The main goal of the ESMI TransNational Access is to make available the existing top-class infrastructure for the benefit of the whole Europen Soft Matter community. It includes the ESMI Experimental infrastructure, ESMI Synthesis infrastructure and the ESMI Supercomputing infrastructure.
The project is closed.
ESTEEM2 offers free access to the most powerful Transmission Electron Microscopy installations in Europe by a simple application procedure.
Proposals for access can be submitted at any moment (continuous call)
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.
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
InGOS gives external users access to so-called supersites (TNA1), access to stations (TNA2), the possibility to do measurements using an aircraft (TNA3), the opportunity to make use of the calibration service or the cucumber reference laboratory (TNA4), and the option to make use of an isotope service (TNA5).
The project is closed.
The INTERACT contract under FP7 has a Transnational Access (TA) program that offers access to 20 research stations in Northernmost Europe and Russia.
The project 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)
A cornerstone of the MARINET initiative is the offer of EC-funded transnational access for those who wish to conduct marine renewables testing at specialised facilities/infrastructures. Access is open to companies and research groups of any size who wish to test at facilities outside of their own country. The suite of facilities that makes up the MARINET network represents the highest quality of facilities in the marine renewable energy sector.
The project is closed.
Through its Access Programme, NMI3 provides access to all the major national neutron and muon sources in Europe.
The project is closed.
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.
RadioNet3 is a project supported by the European Commission (EC). The objectives of the Transnational Access portion of RadioNet3 are
- to draw together all of the European radio facilities under one umbrella;
- to enable the European user community to have easy and transparent access to the entire range of facilities;
- to offer the European user community an integrated, professional and consistent level of user support;
This suite of facilities that exists in European organisations, that is owned and run by European organisations, offers a unique array of capabilities, unmatched anywhere in the world.
The use of the telescope/array is provided free of charge, including all the technological and scientific support and the training that is normally provided to external researchers using the infrastructure. Additionally, travel costs for one member of a TNA-eligible research group are usually reimbursable.
The project is closed.
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
The SeaDataNet infrastructure links already 90 national oceanographic data centres and marine data centres from 35 countries riparian to all European seas. The data centres manage large sets of marine and ocean data, originating from their own institutes and from other parties in their country, in a variety of data management systems and configurations. A major objective and challenge in SeaDataNet is to provide an integrated and harmonised overview and access to these data resources, using a distributed network approach.
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.
Proposals will be evaluated on a twice-a-year basis.
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.
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 is a network of research institutes with world-leading hydraulic and hydrodynamic experimental facilities.
The project has three key objectives: (i) widen the use of and access to unique hydraulic and hydrodynamic research infrastructures in the EU; (ii) improve experimental methods to enhance hydraulic and hydrodynamic research and address the future challenges of climate change adaptation; and (iii) network with the experimental hydraulic and hydrodynamic research community throughout Europe and share knowledge and data with the wider scientific community and other stakeholders, including industry and government agencies
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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 2012, the WHO in its interim guidelines entitled “Laboratory testing for novel coronavirus”, recommended PCR assays as the method to detect the virus in blood samples. The European Virus Archive was identified in the referenced guidelines, as the provider for the delivery of these assay reagents (positive controls). On request, and with assistance from the WHO, EVA has provided the material, free of charge in the context of its Trans-national Access activities, to institutions and hospitals worldwide.
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
In the continuity of JERICO (FP7), the objective of JERICO-NEXT consists in strengthening and enlarging a solid and transparent European network in providing operational services for the timely, continuous and sustainable delivery of high quality environmental data and information products related to marine environment in European coastal seas.
Other objectives are: support European coastal research communities, enable free and open access to data, enhance the readiness of new observing platform networks by increasing the performance of sensors, showcase of the adequacy of the so-developed observing technologies and strategies, propose a medium-term roadmap for coastal observatories through a permanent dialogue with stakeholders.