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Call for proposals for transnational access to Doñana

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AIMS
ExpeER (Distributed Infrastructure for Experimentation in Ecosystem Research), through its coordinated programme of Transnational Access (TA), aims to improve and facilitate access to state-of-the-art research facilities throughout Europe, promoting observational, experimental, analytical, and modelling approaches in ecosystem research.
The deadline for TA applications to be submitted is the 31st July, 2014.
The deadline for TA visits to be completed id the 30th Sep, 2014.
SUPPORT OFFERED
The TA programme offers external users free access to the 31 ExpeER research sites (including DOÑANA) and facilities as detailed in the TA site description sheets including a contribution to users travel and subsistence costs. Users are encouraged to refer to the “infrastructure” part of the ExpeER website for detailed descriptions of each facility, including the modality of access, the offered services and any individual conditions.
“FAST TRACK” APPLICATION PROCESS AND UPDATES TO REVIEW PROCESS       
ExpeER offers “Fast Track” transnational access applications to researchers interested in *visiting one or more TA sites for a brief
period (max. 5 days)*. “Fast Track” applications aim to facilitate researchers wishing to perform basic activities (e.g. short sampling
campaigns, measurements, run a small experiment, access data archives, etc). In contrast to the regular application procedure (i.e. short
pre-application detailed full application), only a brief application (max. 1 page). Application procedures can be found here.
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One thought on “Call for proposals for transnational access to Doñana

  1. FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CALL:

    1) If one research group, to complete their research, need to visit the
    site several times per year (e.g. one week during several months) which
    would be the reimbursement of the travel? Expeer would pay the trip of
    each visit?

    *It MAY be possible to reimburse multiple trips for one project, as long
    as the scientific need for such repeated visits can be justified in the
    application. It is on a case by case basis, the merits of each project
    will be evaluated at the time of submission.*

    2) If one non european researcher share a research project (funded by a
    Spanish organization) with one spanish resercher, could the non european
    researcher apply for a TA to Doñana?

    *For a non-EU based researcher to be eligible for TA, they must apply as
    part of a group, in which more than 50% of the group members are EU-based
    (e.g. group application of 3 people, 2 must be EU-based, and 1 non-EU).
    Furthermore, another rule of the TA programme is that applicants cannot
    apply to visit sites located in their own country (e.g. researcher working
    in Spain, cannot apply for or form part of a group application to visit
    Doñana, Spain).*

    3) If one non european researcher is in an european institution, could
    he/she apply for a TA to Doñana?

    * The citizenship of applicants is not important. For example an Australian born researcher working in Germany is eligible to apply for ExpeER TA, to any of the sites not located in Germany. The applicant must, however, have a formal association (e.g.
    work/employment contract) with a EU-institute/university/etc.*

    4) To increase the number of visits, instead of lengthening the stays
    would it possible in a group application to fund to more than one person?
    So two researchers of a group staying 4 days, spend 8 days instead of 4
    days.

    *No, this is not possible. During one visit, whether there are 1 or 3
    people working at the site, the number of days spent working at the site
    for a single project can only be calculated once (i.e. a 4-day visit, with
    3 people visiting to work on the same project = 4 TA working days).*

    5) It would be possible to make a reimbursement of a 500 € for travel for
    non european researchers?

    *No, only travel to the Israeli site of Negev is reimbursed a maximum of
    500 euro, all other sites have a limit of 300 euro.*

    6) A researcher make an application to Expeer for making the field work in a date, and the decision of the Expeer has not arrived for the date that the visit is planned, if the researcher make the visit anyway and later his/her application is approved, could he/she receive the reimbursement afterwards?

    * The researcher is welcome to visit your site, however,
    please note, that if the application is not accepted following the review
    process, then the applicant will not be eligible to claim the
    reimbursement, and your site will not be able to claim the costs under
    ExpeER for hosting them. Therefore, the applicant can visit the site, but
    at their own risk that it would be supported by ExpeER funding. If it is
    accepted, then yes, they will be able to be reimbursed afterwards.

    7) To where it should be sent the fast track application form that is in the website of Expeer (http://www.expeeronline.eu/index.php/access/application-procedure)?

    * The fast track application should be sent via email to: Cristina Martinez

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