Prior to submitting an application you need to do the following:
Check out the AQUACOSM-plus mesocosm facilities to explore the possibilities offered by each facility.
Check the TA Calls tab where current opportunities for TA are announced Here you find detailed information about planned experiments at facilities that TA applicant can join and open time slots for your own experiments, and a direct link to the application system.
Contact the respective facility provider or project leaders as early as possible in the proposal preparation process to discuss scheduling, planning and logistics to access the infrastructures and services available through Transnational Access.
Read the AQUACOSM-plus TA Application instructions below and ensure that all requirements are met before submitting an application for Transnational Access.
For the submission you need to do the following:
Register on the AQUACOSM website for an account here and log in here in order to access the application section.
Prepare the required documents for your TA application:
CV (mandatory), It is required to use the ACplus TA CV template.
Confirmation letter (CL) from facility provider (mandatory)
Support letter (SL) (optional)
Group leaders submit the TA application for the whole group, including all CVs (and CL).
Individuals (expert or trainee) submit the TA application, their CV (and CL). A trainee has to be a student (Bachelor, MSc or PhD), those with completed PhDs or coming from SMEs/ Industry background have to apply as individual experts. Late-stage PhD students with mesocosm experience can also apply as individual experts.
A successful TA application should cover the following main points:
Aims, objectives and motivation of your TA project
Scientific and technical value of your project
Quality of the work plan
Scientific excellence of expert or user group
Potential for seeding links with industry
Trainees (as defined above) apply for TA through a simplified application by expressing their motivation and work plan.
AQUACOSM-plus opens three general calls for TA provision in 2021 (first call), 2022 (second call) and 2023 (third call) within which facilities open specific facility calls with individual deadlines. Those calls can be found under TA Calls tab.
The AQUACOSM-plus Transnational Access program does not cover salaries or honoraria! Appointed users should make their own travel, health and other insurance arrangements.
Groups and individuals (experts or trainees) from all over the world can apply for AQUACOSM-plus TA as long as the following regulations are met:
The applications are evaluated by the User Selection Panel (USP)composed of international experts in the field and being independent from the beneficiaries. The USP applies the principles of transparency, fairness and impartiality.
The USP bases the evaluation primarily on scientific merit following 5 key points:
Trainees (Bachelor, MSc or PhD students) will be evaluated by their motivation and work plan.
In addition USP takes into account that priority is given to individuals or user groups who:
If you have ideas for project(s) you wish to discuss with us please contact us any time, we are here to help developing the best possible open science projects! Welcome!
Dr. Stella A. Berger (Leader of the Transnational Access Programme)
Dr. Tatiana Tsagaraki (Co-Leader of the Transnational Access Programme)
Prof. Silke Langenheder (Co-Leader of the Transnational Access Programme)