EU-Support: Transnational Access
Transnational Access to Research Infrastructures
Within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the European Union continues to promote, via support for travel and subsistence costs, the access to important European research infrastructures for researchers from countries of the European Union, next to selected other countries.
The research infrastructure MAMI has been approved for this kind of support for the period 2009 - 2011 within the greater, Pan-European Hadronphysics2-Collaboration, after completion in the year 2008 of a similar, very successful program under the Sixth Framework Programme.
Who can apply?
The Transnational Access to MAMI supports research teams and researchers from the European Union who are interested in the main focus of experimental research at MAMI, namely hadron and nuclear physics with the electromagnetic probe, accelerator physics and X-ray physics. Details about these topics, next to information about e.g. already running experimental programs, offers of diploma- or PhD-theses and contact details can be found at the web pages of the Nuclear Physics Institute/MAMI, the major experimental collaborations A1, A2, A4, X1, the accelerator group and the polarised electrons group.
Support via Transnational Access to MAMI requires that the team leader and the majority of the members of a research team must work at an institution which is located in one of the EU member states, except Germany, or one of the EU candidate states or one of the so called associated states.
The EU member states without Germany are (August 2009): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
The EU candidate states are: Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey.
The associated states are: Albania and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Island, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Serbia.
How to apply?Research teams looking for access to MAMI are either required to submit written proposals describing the work that they wish to carry out or they can join an already existing proposal on the consent of the proposing collaboration. Furthermore, they are required to fill out all information requested in the Application Form. Proposals can be submitted any time during the contract period (1/1/2009 - 30/6/2011) to the contact person (see on the right).
Evaluation ProcedureThe proposals are evaluated and recommended by a program advisory committee (PAC), which consists of prominent scientists from the international hadron physics community. It usually meets once per year.
Scope of Access
Once a scientific proposal is accepted, the proposing scientist have access to the technical infrastructure of the Institute according to the priorities recommended by the program advisory committee and decided by the Institute management. In this respect, access is clearly not limited to just beam time but to all aspects of successfully operating an experiment at MAMI within a large collaboration, from design to construction, test, measurement and finally analysis.
The financial support will be provided by the European Commission through the Nuclear Physics Institute of the University of Mainz. Approved requests will be financed on a per day basis according to the rules of the Institute. Travel expenses will be reimbursed (economy fares). German administrative rules will be applied.