What is “Transnational Access” within INTERACT?

The INTERACT project under EU H2020 provides altogether 7800 person-days of Transnational Access (both physical and remote) in 2016-2020. Access is offered to 43 research stations located in the ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high latitude, long winters, short, cool summers,... and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America.

The sites represent a variety of glacierA glacier is a large, persistent body of land-based ice that forms over many years where the accumulation of snow is greater than its loss (ablation). The ice in a..., mountain, tundraA type of ecosystem in which tree growth is limited by low temperatures. The origin of the word is from from the Kildin Sami word tūndâr, meaning "uplands" or "treeless mountain tract". In the northern..., borealNorthern, from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind.... forest, peatlandPeat is a soil type formed from slowly decomposing vegetation. It is found in wet areas where the lack of oxygen slows the breakdown of plant matter. Peatlands are areas... and  freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Transnational Access means free of charge, trans-national access to research infrastructures or installations for selected user groups. The access includes the logistical, technological and scientific support and the specific training that is usually provided to external researchers using the infrastructure. INTERACT Transnational Access calls will be open annually in the autumn for the summer and winter seasons of the following year. In addition, 1-2 additional calls may be arranged, focusing on specific themes.

Remote Access is a form of Transnational Access in which the user(s) do not visit the infrastructure/installation physically themselves; instead the staff of the infrastructure/installation is conducting the study/collecting the samples/doing the monitoring for the user(s) according to their research plan.

TA calls are open annually for scientists and research groups (=users/user groups) to apply Transnational Access.

Transnational Access includes:

  • Free access for eligible user groups to research facilities and field sites
  • Support for travel and logistics costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

Access can only be granted to user groups to conduct research, not for arranging or attending courses, conferences, seminars or workshops. The maximum amount of access that can be granted per user group is 90 days (3 months) in the time frame of 2016-2020.  

Click here to find information about the next TA Call that will be open on 1st September – 13th October 2017.

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