What is "Transnational Access" within INTERACT?

The INTERACT contract under FP7 has a Transnational Access (TA) program that offers access to 20 research stations in Northernmost Europe and Russia.

There have been TA calls annually open for projects to apply Transnational Access. As we are now on the final year of our current funding period of 2011-2014, no TA calls are anticipated for 2014.  '

Transnational Access offered by the participating research infrastructures within INTERACT includes:


·         Free access for eligible user groups to research facilities and field sites

·         Support for travel and logistics

·         Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

A large variety of research fields and topics is encouraged to apply for TA. Some examples of potential themes and research areas can be found from here (Word). Note that the list is not exclusive, and potential topics can be extended beyond the listing presented here! Access can only be granted to user groups to conduct research, not for arranging or attending courses, conferences, seminars or workshops. The maximum amount of access that can be granted to user group during 2011-2014 is 90 days (3 months).


The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and  freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. 




The user group must satisfy the following three conditions to be eligible for TA:

a) the user group leader and the majority of the users must work in an institution established in a Member State or Associated State*

b) the user group leader and the majority of the users must work in a country other than the country(ies) where the legal entity(ies) operating the infrastructure is(are) established. In other words, a user cannot get access to an infrastructure that is located in the same country where he/she works.

c) there should not be a corresponding infrastructure in the country hosting the institution employing the user group’s leader. If such an infrastructure exists, the applicant should show how the specific conditions of the requested visit cannot  be met by this national infrastructure.

*Associate states: Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, Albania and Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Faeroe Islands and Moldova.

Only user groups that are entitled to disseminate the foreground they have generated under the project are eligible to benefit from access free of charge to the infrastructure under this grant agreement.



Access provider: an INTERACT participant that is in charge of providing access to the infrastructure/s

Infrastructure: a facility (in the case of INTERACT a research or field station) together with the related services, that is used by the scientific community to conduct research

User: a researcher within a user group, including the user group leader

User group: a research group of one or more researchers that is given access to the infrastructure under the project

User Group Leader: the principal researcher that is leading the user group and submits the application for Transnational Access


Obligations of the selected TA User Groups

Upon completion of their access visit(s), successful applicants are required to

  • have their project and project abstract being listed on the INTERACT website
  • provide a Project Summary Report on results obtained during the visit(s)
  • complete the User Group Questionnaire at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/questionnaire_en.html
  • publish the results within a reasonable time in open literature, specifying in Acknowledgements that "the research has received support from INTERACT (grant agreement No 262693), under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme".
  • note that the European Commission has the right to publish the list of users, containing their names, home institutions and description of the work