Eligibility rules for TA

What is Transnational-Access?

This activity aims to provide transnational access to researchers or research teams based in Europe to one or more of the state-of-the-art installations of the consortium. Transnational Access to ESTEEM2 centres is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Particular care will be taken in the assessment of proposals from research groups in new member states of the European Union, or more generally from eligible countries in which TEM expertise is still not widely available to ensure that a lack of existing expertise does not preclude the development of new science.
Access may be made available to external users, either in person ('hands-on') or through the provision of remote scientific services such as the performance of sample analysis.
There is no limit to the number of proposals a User can submit.

Am I eligible to Transnational-Access?

To be eligible to benefit from access to ESTEEM2 facilities, applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
The user group leader and the majority of the users must work in an institution established in a Member State of the European Union or Associated State (Associated States to FP7 are Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Faroe Islands, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey) 
The user group leader and the majority of the users must work in a country other than the country where the legal entity operating the infrastructure is established.
Moreover, only user groups that are entitled to disseminate the foreground they have generated under the project are eligible to benefit from access free of charge to the infrastructure.

How can I submit a proposal?

Proposals have to be filled out directly on the web-site in the “Apply for access” tab that can be found on the left side of all pages. Once sent, your proposal is received by the two ESTEEM2 coordinators who are in charge of checking the eligibility of the proposal and who will transfer it to the User Selection Panel (USP). The USP is composed of twelve experts in Electron Microscopy and each proposal is evaluated by two reviewers.
Each proposal is evaluated remotely and in the best possible delay against the following selection criteria:
Scientific quality of the proposal (rank: weak: 0 – outstanding: 5)
Demonstration of the need for the use of the advanced infrastructure (rank: weak: 0 – outstanding: 5)
Feasibility of the experiment (rank: weak: 0 – outstanding: 5)
Potentiality for industrial applications and industrial interest (rank: weak: 0 – outstanding: 5)
Safety and environmental issues (yes /no)
Proposal with a total ranking less than 10 will be rejected.
In case of safety or environmental issues, the rejection/acceptance will be decided by the infrastructure where the proposal is expected to be carried out.
Rejection of a proposal will always be accompanied by a report written by one of the referees in the USP outlining the reasons for rejection. Where appropriate, the report will also include recommendations and suggestions for improvement and resubmission of a new proposal for TA.
An example of evaluation forms can be found here.