Transnational Access (TNA)

TCS Multi-scale laboratories facilities are accessible to researchers and research teams across Europe, creating new opportunities for synergy, collaboration and innovation, in a framework of trans-national access rules. 

The current TNA pilot is supported by dedicated national funding and/or in-kind contribution from the partners of the TCS Multi-scale laboratories.

In 2018 the TCS Multi-scale laboratories will offer access to 22 facilities. 

Two TNA calls for research projects will be open in 2018. 




Transnational Access to the TCS Multi-scale laboratories facilities

The second call for TNA to EPOS Multi-scale laboratories facilities is now open!

As part of a pilot study of the EPOS Trans-National Access activities, the TCS Multi-scale laboratories is offering access to 22 facilities across Europe.

Access to European solid Earth Science facilities (analogue modelling facilities, rock/melt deformation facilities, paleomagnetism facilities and analytical & microscopy facilities) will be available as physical access or remote service (sample analysis).

The 2ndTNA pilot call will stay open from November 15th, 2017 to January 15th, 2018.

During this period, proposals can be submitted at any time.

Projects accepted under this call can start as early as February 1st , 2018 and must be completed by December 31st, 2018.

Please note that the type of access (physical access/remote service) and the type of financial support for users (lab costs, financial support for user travel and accommodation) varies for different facilities and installations and it is specified in the tables listing the facilities available for TNA.

We advise potential users to contact the facility before submitting a proposal for TNA to discuss availability and terms for access.

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The planned number of days/samples and user support available at each facility as part of the EPOS Multi-scale laboratories TNA pilot is given in the tables accessible using the links below: 







Details on the technical capabilities relating to the services and facilities offered can be found following the link to the facility webpage indicated in the tables.

For specific practical information about a given installation please send an email to the installation contact person directly. We would appreciate if in email enquiries you include some standard text in the Subject field, e.g. “EPOS TNA inquiry”.

For general information on the TNA call please contact us by email:





Users may submit a proposal for access to any of the facility listed in the call by the electronic application form.

Requests for access by a research team to a single facility under the same scientific project, should be submitted by 1 researcher (Principal Investigator); when travel and accommodation support is provided, this is available for 1 researcher and all cost declaration must be submitted by the project PI.

Requests for access to multiple facilities under the same scientific project should be submitted using a single application form.

Request for projects with different scientific objectives should be made on separate application forms.

Access is granted on the basis of proposals which will be reviewed and evaluated by the Multi-scale laboratories TNA Committee, composed of external international experts in the field of solid Earth Sciences and one representative from each TNA Supplier selected by the applicants during the respective TNA call.

Evaluation of the project proposal presented for TNA will be made in accordance with the EPOS TNA General Principles and assessed on the basis of alignment with the scientific roadmap of the selected TNA supplier, scientific excellence, scientific track record of the applicant and project feasibility.

Priority will be given to user/user groups that have not used the selected facility before.

Final decision will be by the experts running the facility.

Following  proposal approval, the user will sign a case-specific Access Agreement with the TNA facility.


Proposals must meet specific EU, EPOS and TNA supplier rules to be eligible for TNA:

  • Teams from European and non-European countries are eligible to apply.
  • The user or the user group PI and the majority of its members must work in a country other than the country where the installation is located.
  • Only user groups that are allowed to disseminate the results in compliance with EPOS Data policy can be granted access. 


To enable EPOS to evaluate the TNA program, each user/user group of a supported project is requested to execute the following tasks:

  • In order to be able to fulfil EU and RI rules on TNA activity reporting, each of the selected user/user group must prepare a short (max 1-2 page) final summary report of its activity at the given facility and to give a copy to the local facility management not later than one month after the end of the visit.
  • Complete the User Feedback Questionnaire.
  • Leave a copy of the raw data/results of the work conducted at the host facility. Produced data fall under the EPOS Data Policy of the respective RI.
  • Publish the results in a reasonable time. Publications resulting from work carried out under this Trans-national Access action must acknowledge the support of European Community (HORIZON 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement  N 676564) and national funding (depending on the supplier). Each of the selected users or user group is asked to provide a list of the publications that have appeared in journals resulting from work carried out under this Trans-national Access activity. This must be sent to the contact person of the accessed facility and to the TNA coordinator.

Installation: A part of a (research) infrastructure that could be used independently from the rest,

Physical access: TNA activity where the user/user group physically visit the facility to conduct experiments,

Remote service: TNA activity where the user/user groups benefits from services, e.g., sample analysis performed by the TNA Supplier,

Research Infrastructure: A facility, a resource (or a coherent set of them) together with the related services, that are used by the scientific community to conduct research,

TNA Supplier: The facility providing access,

User: A researcher within a User Group, including the User Group Leader, gaining access to a facility through TNA,

User group: A research team of one or more researchers given access to the infrastructure under the project. A User Group is led by a User Group Leader.