Deadline: 6 March 2020
On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL 2020 project will invite proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures.
The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.
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The overall objective of the project is to promote the coordinated use and development of these experimental facilities and encourage problem-based research and knowledge transfer to more effectively support the development of a sustainable European production of high quality seafood with reduced environmental impact. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation by SMEs.
The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health & welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring & management technologies).
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- Expected projects can involve research on any of the available aquatic species at the selected research infrastructure. Proposals can only be approved if feasible and visits do not exceed a total duration of 3 months (Where necessary, experimental work can exceed this period, but not visits).
- Priority will be given to proposals submitted by a single researcher or by research groups where the group leader and a majority of group members are affiliated to institutions or laboratories (public or private) from European member or Associated States (Iceland, Norway, Albania. Bosnia and Herzegovina, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia and Armenia), which are different from the State where the selected Research Infrastructure is located. A maximum of 20% of TNA projects may involve applicants from third countries (i.e. outside the EU or Associated States).
- It is required that the facility users communicate the results acquired in an AQUAEXCEL2020 Research Infrastructure to the scientific community at large through classical means, i.e. project reports, congress communications and scientific publications. All group leaders are required to submit their metadata sets and summary report to the Research Infrastructure provider, for further publication via the project dissemination channels (technical leaflets, website pages and newsletters). Research proposals should also include plans for exploitation of results wherever possible.
How to Apply
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Applications must be prepared and submitted via the TNA online application system.
Each person involved in the application must first create an individual username to access the system.
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For more information, visit https://aquaexcel2020.eu/transnational-access/call-access