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Transnational access

Implications of the COVID-19 outbreak
on the Transnational access programme

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the ASSEMBLE Plus consortium would like to let you know that all users who successfully got grants through our Transnational Access programme will have their trips postponed to further notice. 

The last call for applications remains open (deadline: 4th October). The period for access will be from December 2020 to June 2021. 

The ASSEMBLE Plus team keeps functioning so do not hesitate to reach us at for any questions, or to contact your access providers for any concern relating to your access.


Final call open!
Deadline for submission of your proposal: 4th October 2020

The last call for Transnational access is open until 4th October 2020! Download the call flyer here. 
Results of the 8th call will be announced by email and on this page.

Many researchers have already used the Transnational Access in previous calls. Get inspired by their success stories!
Read below what ASSEMBLE Plus offers for your project and then submit your proposal!

ASSEMBLE PLUS: offering access to marine research infrastructures

ASSEMBLE Plus provides access to over 30 marine biological research institutions across Europe and overseas to carry out your scientific research in the field of marine biological sciences. ASSEMBLE Plus funds access to laboratories, state-of-the-art experimental facilities and technological platforms, ecosystems, and a wide variety of marine biological resources.

ASSEMBLE Plus offers Transnational access: this opportunity involves your research group accessing marine biological research institutions 
(herein "access providers") located in a country other than that of the main applicant of the research group.

ASSEMBLE Plus sponsors teams of up to two researchers for:

  • access to the ASSEMBLE Plus research infrastructures 
    (facilities, platforms, laboratories, standard lab consumables, chemicals and disposables)
  • travel (one round trip per person, economy class)
  • subsistence (meals and accommodation, up to 30 days, weekends included)
  • shipping costs of project material from the Access Provider to your home institution
    (covered by most Access Providers, up to €400)

⇒ Check the eligibility criteria ("Who can apply?" box below) and explore our access providers
⇒ Check the how to apply page and start to write your application!
⇒ For more information, please check our Frequently Asked Questions in the Download Area or contact the access officer.

Access providers within ASSEMBLE Plus. Click on the map to expand it.
For the interactive version of this map, please go to "Our access providers" page.


Access to marine research infrastructures for up to two people for up to 30 days!


Who can apply?

To apply for access to ASSEMBLE Plus you have to meet these eligibility criteria:

  • You are a PhD student, postdoc, researcher, or engineer
  • You must submit an innovative project proposal
  • You must work/study in a recognised academic institution, or be employed by a not-for-profit organisation or registered company
  • Your home institution should be based in a European Union Member State or Associated Country. ​
    Access for a single user – or a user group – not working in the EU or an Associated Country is allowed but with some limitations.
    Please check the "Transnational Access policy" for further details
  • The access must be transnational, i.e., the home institution of the main applicant must be situated in a country different from that of the selected access provider

    Priority will be given to:
  • new applicants, applicants from outside the ASSEMBLE Plus consortium, and applicants from non-marine research fields
  • project proposals which require research access to local ecosystems, species, or models, rather than those that bring their own samples for analysis (marine only)

Other important eligibility conditions regarding the TA

  • The applicant must be the Project Leader (the main executor of the Project) in case the Project is accepted.
  • PhD students are eligible for access within ASSEMBLE Plus. Master’s student can participate to a TA project if this is led by an experienced researcher; travel and subsistence costs of Master's students will not be reimbursed by ASSEMBLE Plus. Bachelor’s students are not eligible for access.
  • An active contract with a Home institute (covering insurance and other provisions) is required during the period of the access.
  • Your project must take place within six months from the acceptance in a given call.
  • Collaborations with research and technical staff at the Access Provider is encouraged but is not in any way obligatory.
  • In case your project is accepted, you abide to archive and make the data obtained from the TA as Open Access (opt-outs are allowed), and to allow any related refereed publications to also be Open Access. More information on our page How to make your data FAIR and Open Access.

Please check the "Transnational Access policy" and the "Frequently Asked Questions" in the Download area for further information.

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