The next INTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 1st Sept - 13th November 2017

The call is for TA visits taking place between April 2018 and April 2019

 

How to apply?

1) Check you eligibility as an applicant from below.

2) Register to the INTERACCESS on-line application system. Note: We recommend Mozilla or Chrome as the browser when using INTERACCESS.

3) Read the Information for Applicants, Applicant User Guide to INTERACCESS and Research Plan Instructions. They contain all information necessary to fill in the application properly, including the budgeting and cost specifications, and content and structure of required attachments. You can work on several sessions, and submit the application after you have completed the whole form. Note! A maximum of 90 person-days of access can be granted per user group in 2016-2020, including previous INTERACT TA visits within that time frame. Weekends are counted into access days if your stay at the station extends over several weeks.

4) Log in to INTERACCESS and fill in the application form. The application form opens 1st September 2017 at 08:00 (UTC/GMT +1 hour) and closes 13th November 2017 at midnight (UTC/GMT +1hour).

For more information about the INTERACT Transnational Access and the ongoing TA call, please contact TA coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)oulu.fi 

For detailed information about the reseach facilities, please consult the Field Sites descriptions or relevant station managers.

In case of technical problems with INTERACCESS on-line application system, please contact Marco Nuccetelli, marco(at)cluweb.com

The access decisions will be announced in February 2018 via the INTERACCESS system (e-mail notification will be sent to the applicants when the decisions are available).

 

Stations included in the current call 

The call covers transnational access (both physical and remote) conducted between April 2018 and April 2019* to all 43 INTERACT stations offering Transnational Access.You can find each station's annual operating period from the Field Sites descriptions, and they are also pre-set in the INTERACCESS on-line application system. *Exception to this time frame is Station Samoylov in Russia, to where the access can be applied only for April 2019 - Oct 2019.

 

 

 

Eligibility

A user group (=research group that applies for access to one or more research stations) eligible for TA must satisfy the following conditions:

  • The user group leader and the majority of the users must work in a country other than the country(ies) where the installation is located. In other words, a user cannot get access to an infrastructure/installation that is located in the same country where he/she works or operated by an institution located in same country where she/he works.
  • 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.
  • Only user groups that are allowed to disseminate the results they have generated under the action may benefit from the access, unless the users are working for SME’s.  
  • Access can only be granted to user groups to conduct research, not for arranging or attending courses, conferences, seminars or workshops.
  • Access to user groups with a majority of users not working in EU or associated countries is limited to 20% of the total amount of units of access provided under the grant. This is monitored and possible restrictions are set if the limit is close to be exceeded.
  • The maximum amount of access granted to one user group during the project period is 3 months.

 

Selection priorities

The selection of user groups is based on a scientific merit, but taking into account that priority should be given to user groups composed of users who

  • Have not previously used the installation
  • Are working in countries where no equivalent research infrastructure exists
  • Apply working at more than one location for generating comparative studies
  • To early career scientists (≤ 5 years from a PhD degree) ** 
  • In their application take into account ICARP III recommendations

**Applicants must hold a position at an institution of advanced research and/or education. Applicants without a PhD degree or equivalent research experience must provide letters of support from a supervisor.

 

 

 

 

 

Applications to stations located in countries requiring visa  

Assistance and support are available to successful TA applicants for obtaining visas and other required permits for the user groups who will be granted transnational access. Please contact TA coordinator and relevant station managers for additional information.

 

Evaluation and selection procedure  

The incoming applications are first checked for eligibility by the TA office. After that, the selection of user groups for Transnational Access, including both physical and remote access, is a two-step process. First, the applications undergo scientific evaluation by the TA Board that consists of five experts external to INTERACT and five representatives of stations in particular geographical regions. Each application is graded for several evaluation criteria: Scientific quality of the planned research, scientific merits of the user group leader, relevance of the planned research for INTERACT goals, and value for money. Each criteria is scored from 1-5, where 1=poor, 2=satisfctory, 3=average, 4=good, 5=excellent. Ranking of applications is made based on the total scores (max 20) received from the criteria, and the TA Board recommends user groups that they decide merit access to the research stations. The decisions are then finalized by the research stations, based on the TA Board’s recommendations, feasibility of the projects at the station, station strategy etc. The recommendations to the stations, and access decisions to the applicants are communicated by the INTERACT Transnational Access Office, which does not take part in the evaluation and selection processes.

 

 

Complaints  

INTERACT staff have worked hard to gain funding from the EU that will support access for hundreds of researchers to 43 northern and Arctic research stations. They also work hard, together with external expert reviewers, to evaluate numerous applications for access while station managers offering Transnational Access are committed to providing a service and procedure to facilitate successful TA visits with minimal administration. Although the ethos of INTERACT is to facilitate research in the North, occasionally complaints about procedures and decisions may arise. INTERACT therefore has a specific Complaints Policy concerning Transnational Access funding policy and procedures.

 

 

Travel arrangements and related reimbursements of successful applicants  

Accepted users are required to make their own travel arrangements and keep all original tickets and receipts. The travel costs will be reimbursed after the visit to the station(s) where the visit(s) was/were made. Advice on travel options can be obtained on request. Detailed information about the reimbursement policy is provided to the users at Information to User Groups.

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

  • Agree to their project and project description being listed on the INTERACT website
  • Provide a Project Summary Report on results obtained during the visit(s)
  • http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/questionnaire_en.htmlPublish the results within a reasonable time in open literature, specifying in Acknowledgements that the research has received funding from INTERACT under the European Union H2020 Grant Agreement 
  • Note that the European Commission has the right to publish the list of users, containing their names, home institutions and description of the work