Apply to TNA

How to apply

In order to apply you should download and complete the  TNA proposal form. The TNA proposal is accepted for submission any time by any eligible user or user group during the publication of the call and before the call deadline.

Publication date: November 5, 2020

Proposal deadline: January 5, 2021

Access period: March – December 2021

The TNA proposal must be submitted by email to actris-imp-tna@helsinki.fi

Evaluation and selection

The proposal undergoes a multi-stage review procedure which includes the following steps:

  1. Validation by SAMU for eligibility
  2. Validation by the access provider (feasibility check)
  3. Review and selection by independent review panel

The review panel will evaluate and select the applications according the defined criteria and access modes, which comprise:

  • Scientific excellence criteria including scientific originality, quality, state of the art, technical aspects for instrument performance and high quality, relevance and impact of the project, dissemination plan, etc.
  • Technical need-driven criteria for increasing instrument performance (maintenance, calibration, QA) and operator training.

Additional aspects will be considered:

  • Only projects focusing on the following aspects:
    • technological development, training, forefront scientific exploration, or new services developed/made available according to evolving user needs,
    • projects with high potential for involving users from the private sector for prototype testing, joint developments, and industrial applications, and
    • projects attracting new users from new/relevant regions, other scientific domains for multi-disciplinary applications, or tailored user services.
  • Priority is given to new users and users in countries where no equivalent facility exists.
    • Gender equality will be promoted.
  • Particular user profiles are strongly encouraged:
    • users from non-academic domains: private sector, public services (e.g., environmental agencies, climate and space services);
    • users from environmental or other domains to promote cross-disciplinary research;
    • users from new regions/countries;
    • early-career researchers or researchers from less-favoured regions or users requesting training and educational services (particularly from those outside the EU);

User obligations

The PI is requested to provide all mandatory TNA reporting documents within a reasonable time frame after the TNA has come to end to the SAMU including the following documents:

  • a ‘Confirmation of Access’ document, issued by the access provider, justifying the quantity of access provided and signed by the access provider;
  • any supporting documents for reimbursement of the travel expenses (to be provided to the access provider);
  • an access activity report.

The users are requested to acknowledge i) the project and support of the European Community, and ii) the use of the ACTRIS facility and contribution of the facility staff for any results from the work carried out under the ACTRIS IMP TNA activity (publications, conference contributions, etc.).  The acknowledgement shall include the following statement:

“This [insert type of result] is part of a project that is supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme, H2020-INFRADEV-2019-2, Grant Agreement number: 871115.”

Furthermore, the users are required to make the data resulting from this TNA project available to the ACTRIS Data Centre

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