Rules to Access

Modality of Access (MoA)

There are three modalities of access to MINKE’s infrastructures:

  • MoA1 Remote: the presence of the user or user group is not required at any time during the access period.
  • MoA2 Partially remote: the presence of the user or user group is required at some stage, e.g., for installing and uninstalling an instrument.
  • MoA3 In-person (hands-on’): the presence of the user or user group is required/recommended during the whole access period.

If unspecified, the default MoA will be considered likely to be partially remote (MoA2). As multidisciplinary installations are generally able to host multiple users and handle multiple activities simultaneously, access can be shared simultaneously by several user groups. Unless otherwise specified, users should preferably bring their own measuring system to be installed/tested (MoA2: Partially remote).

In any case, each infrastructure specifies the type of access mode.

Access rules

Some specific conditions must be met to apply for the MINKE TNA calls, namely:

  • Users/user groups will benefit from free-of-charge access to the infrastructures offered by the MINKE programme after applying to the calls.
  • Access must be transnational; the user group leader and most group users must work in a different country than the country where the facility is located. The country in which the applicant works is considered, not the nationality of the researchers or researcher’s team.
  • The applicant, or most applicants within a group, must be employed by an organisation established in an EU Member State or an associated country.
  • Only users/user groups that are authorised to disseminate the results they have generated under the action will be able to benefit from access.
  • Access for groups with a majority of users not working in the EU or a partner country is limited to 20% of the total number of accesses provided. While access from non-associated third countries is possible, it will require strong justification and will be closely monitored.
  • The provider of each infrastructure will establish the appropriate start and end times for access to their facilities. Likewise, it will ask for the necessary documentation to support and justify access. This documentation will explain the type of service provided as well as provide a record of the users’ names, nationalities and home institutions.
Support for user groups

In order to verify the access details and the viability of the project proposed, the users or user groups will be able to interact directly with the administrators of the infrastructure they want to use.

In addition to  free-of-charge access, the user groups will receive logistical and technical support by the access provider and special training to use the assigned infrastructure, if needed.

Users will receive a financial contribution for travel and living expenses to visit infrastructures, if justified. Funds are also available to ship equipment. The amount awarded will be evaluated and assigned on a case-by-case basis.