On Tuesday, November 3rd 2020, the European Commission released the evaluations and funding decisions of the applications to the INFRAIA-03-2020 call. ATMO-ACCESS is among the projects that were funded.
ATMO-ACCESS is the organized response of distributed atmospheric research facilities ACTRIS, ICOS, and IAGOS for developing a pilot for a new model of Integrating Activities. The project will deliver a series of recommendations for establishing a comprehensive and sustainable framework for access to distributed atmospheric Research Infrastructures (RI), ensuring integrated access to and optimised use of the services they provide. ATMO-ACCESS mobilizes extensive resources in the atmospheric RIs communities to engage in harmonizing access procedures in relation to policies, financial regulations and conditions for access. It will develop and test innovative modalities of access to facilities and complementary and more advanced services, including digital services, developed as part of cross-RI efforts. ATMO-ACCESS will open physical and remote access to 43 operational European atmospheric research facilities, including ground-based observation stations, simulation chambers, but also mobile facilities and central laboratories that are fundamental elements in distributed RIs. Innovative cross-RI cloud services, addressing the management of data produced via access and the use of new, integrated data products, but also virtual tools for training, are offered through virtual access to RI data centres.
The ATMO-ACCESS project has now reached the stage of Grant Agreement preparation. The total funding is 15M€ for the period 2021-2025.