We are delighted to announce that the EMSO ERIC 3rd Call for Physical Access is now open! The first deadline to submit project proposals is February 29th!

This is an incredible opportunity for external users, from scientists to research engineers and SMEs to have access to the EMSO’s world-class facilities and their high-quality instrumented platforms in the open ocean to carry out research, testing activities, and the installation of various cutting-edge devices, like sensors, instruments, and systems.

Seven facilities are available this year, with two located in the Atlantic Ocean and five in the Mediterranean Sea. Starting this year the applicants can benefit also from the possibility of having physical access and/or support from more than one facility to carry out their testing or projects.

Specifically, Regional Facilities’ team offer valuable training and co-development to users interested in learning specialized techniques/methodologies and developing new products, taking advantage of years of experience gathered at EMSO Facilities’ labs. The facilities’ instruments offer customized data collection, which is an invaluable resource for researchers.

We encourage scientists, researchers and all those are interested in realizing new procedures and experiments to take this opportunity and join EMSO Physical Access. The Call will be open until the end of the year: the evaluation of project proposals will be performed every two months, and the selected ones will be funded.

After the success of last year’s call, EMSO decided to increase for 2024 the budget for funding the projects that will be selected. The overall economic support for this promising service amounts now to €100.000 and will be distributed to the selected projects among the six cut-off dates, with the expectation to fund a minimum of seven projects, resulting in up to €15.000 per project. Funding consists of Facility Access Units (days of usage) and economic support for operations, travel, shipping, and consumables.

To know more about the whole offer, the application procedures and deadlines, visit our Physical Access page here.