Tarfala: Radar measurements on a glacier in the winter. Photo: Peter Jansson

What is “Trans-National Access” within INTERACT?

The INTERACT project under EU H2020 provides altogether 7800 person-days of Trans-National Access (both physical and remote) in 2016-2020. Access is offered to 43 research stations located in the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America.

The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and  freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Trans-National 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 Trans-National 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.

Trans-National Access is ideal for
Research (incl. experimental and monitoring studies; the latter if sufficient resources are available or for a short time continuation of a longer time series)
Data from one or few sites
Developing longer term scientific cooperation with station(s), e.g. implementation of scientific network standards for contributions to regional/global assessments (requires agreement by station)
Filling a data gap for scientific research
Scientific research requiring specific skills and competences
Requirements for scientific research supported by Trans-national Access
Eligible applicants – see https://eu-interact.org/accessing-the-arctic/tacall/
Station is open and space available in required period
Station has the appropriate field environments, access to sites, and laboratory facilities for the research to be carried out there
The proposed research has not been done before at the station, or is ongoing by another research group
Acceptance for the study is obtained by the station after scientific evaluation by the INTERACT Trans-national Access Selection Panel

Remote Access is a form of Trans-National 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.

Remote Access is ideal for
Research (incl. experimental and monitoring studies; the latter if sufficient resources are available or for a short time continuation of a longer time series)
Obtaining data from one or several sites
Filling a data gap
Obtaining comparable data form other areas than your own study
Obtaining background data or complimentary data from the location where you obtain new data
Following rapid response to e.g. possible environmental/biological hazards at multiple sites
Minimising CO2 emissions from travels to field sites
Developing longer term cooperation with station(s), e.g. implementation of scientific network standards for contributions to regional/global assessments (requires agreement by station)
Requirements for Remote Access studies
Simple experimental setup and instructions, and realistic demand for time and expertise
Researcher(s) are able to provide necessary equipment if the station does not have it available
Staff with required skills are available at the station or no expert knowledge or special training is required to conduct the research
Staff is available at the required time of data collection

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

Trans-National 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/RA Call.

Tallenna

  • D5.1 Virtual Access Assessment Report 1

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