eLTER H2020 : Transnational Access

Publié le 31 jan 2017
Par Cecile Marechal

Transnational Access : Funded research visits to 18 European ecosystem research sites


Where will your research take you?   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 18 sites have been carefully selected so as to be most attractive to prospective users in terms of their natural setting, the available instrumentation and installations, existing long-term data, and the related IT infrastructure. The host organisations of all 18 sites are participants of the eLTER project. The eLTER TA scheme is aimed at:

  • Scientific users, particularly the new generation of ecological and socio-ecological scientists, including students
  • SMEs and larger industries interested in relevant technological developments
  • Other stakeholders interested in data and other services provided by eLTER H2020.

TA: Second Call for Proposals -  OPENS

Details of the eLTER Transnational Access scheme call for proposals

What is the time frame?

  • Call opening: 2 January 2017
  • Deadline for Submissions: 28 February 2017
  • Evaluation of proposals: before 31 March 2017
  • Awarding of grants: 14 April 2017 (tentative date)

What research is encouraged?

The eLTER TA Call encourages a bottom-up design of research activities to be conducted at one or more of the sites involved in the project. The recommended framework for research themes is ecosystem/biodiversity responses to abiotic drivers, placing emphasis on climate change and nitrogen deposition, thereby considering climate (meteorological) data, soil parameters, soil solution/runoff chemistry, nutrient cycling variables, and information on ground vegetation. However, proposals covering other themes are also encouraged. Furthermore, proposals considering socio-economic research themes are welcomed, since several LTSER platforms are included in the eLTER TA Scheme.

How will successful proposals be selected?

The selection criteria will mainly consider:

  • Scientific excellence of the work proposed
  • Promising young scientists at the start of their career
  • Feasibility of the proposed application in accordance with the site manager
  • Formal eligibility.

A selection and review panel will carefully supervise the scheme, in order to enable transparent, fair and impartial reviews of applications.

What is provided?

Successful applicants can expect to benefit from the free use of eLTER facilities, services and support offered by the TA sites and their staff. They may use the sites' instruments and may access past data measured at the sites.

Successful applicants will receive funding to cover travel expenses, hotel or other accommodation and eligible out of pocket expenses. Upon request, support will be provided before, during, and after the time TA is provided.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the scheme details carefully - The TA scheme's administrative, operational and financial procedures are described in this document
  2. Fill in the Proposal template - Users wishing to request access must fill in and submit their proposal using this form (MS Word file).

Reporting requirements

  • After completing their site visit, researchers must provide a report, using the Reporting template (MS Word file).