Amongst the activities of The Thematic Core Services (TCS), there is a wide range of world-class experimental and analytical laboratory infrastructures in the field of solid Earth Science: from high pressure-temperature rock and fault mechanics and rock physics facilities to electron microscopy, micro-beam analysis, analogue modelling and paleomagnetic laboratories.

Trans-National Access

One of the services that the TCS is planning to offer in the framework of EPOS is Trans-National access (TNA) to the newest and most advanced solid Earth experimental laboratory facilities in Europe. Thanks to this service, researchers and research teams across Europe will have the opportunity to submit project proposals to be selected to perform experiments. WP16 has collaborated with EPOS WP3 and other EPOS communities offering TNA in the elaboration of the EPOS TNA General Principles, approved by the EPOS Service Coordination Board (SCB) on March 3rd 2017.

TNA General Principles

Lots of users may submit a proposal for access to any of the facility listed in the call by the electronic application form. Requests for access by a research team to a single facility under the same scientific project should be submitted by:

  • 1 researcher (Principal Investigator); when travel and accommodation support is provided, this is available for 1 researcher and all cost declaration must be submitted by the project PI.
  • Requests for access to multiple facilities under the same scientific project should be submitted using a single application form.
  • Request for projects with different scientific objectives should be made on separate application forms.
  • Access is granted on the basis of proposals which will be reviewed and evaluated by the TNA Committee, composed of external international experts in the field of solid Earth Sciences and one representative from each TNA Supplier selected by the applicants during the respective TNA call.
  • Evaluation of the project proposal presented for TNA will be made in accordance with the EPOS TNA General Principles and assessed on the basis of alignment with the scientific roadmap of the selected TNA supplier, scientific excellence, scientific track record of the applicant and project feasibility.
  • Priority will be given to user/user groups that have not used the selected facility before.
  • The final decision will be by the experts running the facility.
  • Following proposal approval, the user will sign a case-specific Access Agreement with the TNA facility.

General Eligibility Rules and User Obligations

Proposals must meet specific EU, EPOS and TNA supplier rules to be eligible for TNA:

  • Teams from European and non-European countries are eligible to apply.

  • The user or the user group PI and the majority of its members must work in a country other than the country where the installation is located.

  • Only user groups that are allowed to disseminate the results in compliance with EPOS Data policy can be granted access.

User Responsibilities

To enable EPOS to evaluate the TNA program, each user/user group of a supported project is requested to execute the following tasks;

  • In order to be able to fulfil EU and RI rules on TNA activity reporting, each of the selected user/user group must prepare a short (max 1-2 page) final summary report of its activity at the given facility and give a copy to the local facility management not later than one month after the end of the visit.
  • Complete the User Feedback Questionnaire.
  • Leave a copy of the raw data/results of the work conducted at the host facility. Produced data fall under the EPOS Data Policy of the respective RI.
  • Publish the results in a reasonable time. Publications resulting from work carried out under this Trans-national Access action must acknowledge the support of European Community (HORIZON 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N 676564) and national funding (depending on the supplier). Each of the selected users or user group is asked to provide a list of the publications that have appeared in journals resulting from work carried out under this Trans-national Access activity. This must be sent to the contact person of the accessed facility and to the TNA coordinator.

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