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Transnational access

ASSEMBLE Plus extended! 

22 September 2021: the European Commission has granted to the ASSEMBLE Plus consortium the extension of one year for the activities of the project.

TNA projects awarded in the Transnational access programme can be performed until the end of July 2022. 

In case you have not performed yet your project, please contact the liaison officer of your selected access provider to define a date of on-site access. TNA projects can be also performed via remote access (e.g. delivery of samples or analyzed samples at your home institute, etc.). For any questions please contact


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 on-site access is possible according to the access providers rules and regulations. Please be in contact with the liaison officer of the institute you have applied for having more information.

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 closed!

The last call for Transnational access closed on 4th October 2020! Results of the 8th call will be announced by email and on this page.

Many researchers have used the Transnational Access in previous calls. Read their success stories!

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.

How to apply

To submit an application, follow the instructions in the How to apply page.

Please remember: your project must take place within six months from the acceptance in a given call.
Plan in advance the best moment to submit your application consulting the calendar of our next calls.


Remote access

Transnational Access normally means that you as a user are hosted at the marine station and carry out your work there. However, access to some types of services do not require you to be physically present. We call this “Remote access”. Examples of such services include (but are not restricted to):

a) Sample and specimen collection, processing and shipment,
b) Taxonomic identification of specimens,
c) Rearing of organisms,
d) Analytical procedures,
e) Procurement of strains from culture collections.

Applications requiring exclusively remote access are reviewed on rolling basis.
Please check the guide Application step by step for more information on how to submit a remote access request (Step 2).

Important dates

8th call
4th October 2020: deadline for submission of project proposal
Period of access: December 2020 - June 2021

Visit the Next calls page for more information on the timeline of call rounds.


What do we do with your information?

ASSEMBLE Plus offers the opportunity to apply for research infrastructure access visits with a Transnational Access programme through the ARIA web platform. Such applications are made by submitting proposals which go through peer review. Additional data are required in the form of your research history, biography and your project proposal. Personal data for the Transnational Access programme will be kept private and will only be visible to those involved within ASSEMBLE Plus who check the eligibility and feasibility of your proposal and host your visit, to the User Selection Panel members who peer-review your proposal, and to ARIA web platform administrators.

We use the personal data you provide for the purpose of reviewing your application, arranging the services, and to communicate with you throughout the process. We process your data on the basis of the “Terms of submission” contract, which we ask you to agree with at the last step of the online proposal submission process. We are required to maintain personal data for the purposes of reporting to the European Commission, and to comply with applicable EU and national laws on data protection.

As stated in the “Terms of submission”, limited personal information (name, home institute country, project title, selected access provider) of successful applicants will be published on the ASSEMBLE Plus website.

If your visit is scheduled for a research infrastructure outside of the EEA, your personal data will be shared with the ASSEMBLE Plus Access Provider facilitating your visit. All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

If you wish to have your account removed from the system, please send an email to


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