Transnational Access (TNA)

TCS Multi-scale laboratories facilities are accessible to researchers and research teams, creating new opportunities for synergy, collaboration and innovation, in a framework of trans-national access rules. 

The current TNA call is supported by dedicated national funding and/or in-kind contribution from the partners of the TCS Multi-scale laboratories, although some fees may apply for specific labs.

In 2019 the TCS Multi-scale laboratories offers access to 38 facilities as a continuation of the TNA pilot activities started in 2017.

The third TNA call for research projects in 2019 is has closed.

A fourth TNA call for research projects is scheduled to open in 2020 - please stay tuned for more information!




Transnational Access to the TCS Multi-scale laboratories facilities

The third call for TNA to EPOS Multi-scale laboratories facilities has closed.

As part of the EPOS Trans-National Access activities, the TCS Multi-scale laboratories is offering access to 38 facilities across Europe.

Access to European solid Earth Science facilities (analogue modelling facilities, rock/melt experimental facilities, paleomagnetism facilities and analytical & microscopy facilities) will be available as physical access or remote service (sample analysis).

The 3rdTNA call was open from February 25th, 2019, to April 21st, 2019.

During this period, proposals can be submitted at any time.

Projects accepted under this call started as early as May 13th, 2019 and must be completed by December 31st, 2019.

Please note that the type of access (physical access/remote service) and the type of financial support for users (lab costs, financial support for user travel and accommodation) varies for different facilities and installations, which is specified in the tables listing the lab facilities available for TNA.

We advise potential users to contact the facility before submitting a proposal for TNA to discuss availability and terms for access.

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The e-mail addresses of the contact persons and the planned number of days/samples and user support available at each facility as part of the EPOS Multi-scale laboratories TNA is given in the tables accessible using the links below: 







Details on the technical capabilities relating to the services and facilities offered can be found following the link to the facility webpage indicated in the tables. Access to Utrecht University facilities is covered under NWO grant ALWIN.016 (NWO Internationalization in the Earth and Life Science program), where support for travel and accommodation is for 1 researcher only.

For specific practical information about a given installation please send an email to the installation contact person directly. We would appreciate if in email enquiries you include some standard text in the Subject field, e.g. “EPOS TNA inquiry”.

For general information on the TNA call please contact us by email:






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 a main applicant (Principal Investigator: PI). If the visit involves more than one participant, this has to be indicated on the form; when travel and accommodation support is provided, this is available for only one of the visiting applicants (even if more than one applicant visits the facility). Cost declaration has to be submitted directly to the hosting facility.

Requests for access to multiple facilities under the same scientific project should be submitted using a single application form.

Access is granted on the basis of proposals which will be reviewed and evaluated by the Multi-scale laboratories TNA Committee, composed of two external international experts in the field of solid Earth Sciences and one representative from each of the TNA Suppliers as 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 applicants (individual or team) and project feasibility.

Priority will be given to user/user groups that have not used the selected facility before.

Following  proposal approval, the user will sign a case-specific Access Agreement with the TNA facility.


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

  • Teams affiliated with European and non-European research institutes 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 the open access EPOS Data policy can be granted access. 


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 groups must prepare a short (max 1-2 page) final summary report of its activity and give a copy to the local facility management and TNA coordination team no 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.
  • When free of charge access is offered, the facility management may request publication of the results within 2 years after finalizing the experiments. This does not apply when a fee for the access is requested.
  • 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).

Installation: A part of a (research) infrastructure that could be used independently from the rest,

Physical access: TNA activity where the user/user group physically visit the facility to conduct experiments,

Remote service: TNA activity where the user/user groups benefits from services, e.g., sample analysis performed by the TNA Supplier,

Research Infrastructure: A facility, a resource (or a coherent set of them) together with the related services, that are used by the scientific community to conduct research,

TNA Supplier: The facility providing access,

User: A researcher within a User Group, including the User Group Leader, gaining access to a facility through TNA,

User group: A research team of one or more researchers given access to the infrastructure under the project. A User Group is led by a User Group Leader.

EPOS thematic Core Service Multi-scale laboratories (TCS MSL) Transnational Access (TNA) Privacy Statement

The EPOS Thematic Core Service Multi-scale Laboratories (TCS MSL) collects personal data from the users of its Transnational Access (TNA) program.

In this privacy statement we inform you about the purpose for which personal data are collected and processed and how you can exercise your privacy related rights.

This Privacy statement applies to EPOS TCS MSL TNA activities.

For extensive information please refer to the EPOS Privacy Policy.


This Privacy statement applies solely to personal data that the TCS MSL collects through the TNA application form and User feedback form.

What information we collect and how we collect it

The personal data we collect are your name, email address, phone number, your gender, nationality, highest educational degree, institutional affiliation and position held.

We collect your personal information using Google forms and store them in Google drive; for this we use a TCS MSL Google account is accessible only to the TCS MSL TNA coordinators); in this framework the Google policy applies (


Consent for the processing of personal data is obtained before these information are used for the purpose explained in the next section of this statement. A user can revoke his/her consent at any time.

How we use collected personal data

We collect your name, email address, phone number and address to be in touch with you about your TNA project and related administrative procedures, e.g. access to the laboratories facilities;

We collect your gender, nationality, highest educational degree, institutional affiliation and position held for statistics that help us to report on and improve our on TNA program.

Where we store the collected personal data

The data collected through the TNA Application and User feedback forms are:

1. stored in Google drive, where they are accessible only to the TCS MSL TNA coordinators.

2. stored in a folder in the EPOS owncloud where they are accessible only to the data processors (here the EPOS Privacy Policy applies).

To whom your personal information is disclosed

The TCS MSL TNA coordinators process your personal data in a proper manner and take appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or destruction of the Data.

Users’ personal data collected in the TNA application, including those specified in your CV, are managed by the TCS MSL TNA coordinators only and are shared with the TNA evaluation committee during the TNA proposal evaluation process and with the TNA facility manager.

Right to access and rectification

You have the right to have access to the personal information that we hold about you, and to have this information corrected and amended.

To do so, please contact us by email at

Retention of information

Personal data are retained for the duration of the EPOS project. However, the User can ask at any time to interrupt the processing of the data or have data cancelled.

How to contact us

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, regarding this Privacy statement, or our privacy, security or data protection practices, please contact us by email at


Effective Date: July, 12th 2018