Calls and Selection

JERICO organized three calls for proposals requesting Transnational Access (TNA) to a chosen number of its infrastructures/installations. Visiting scientists, technologists and technicians from user groups working on approved projects will be provided local assistance by the operators of the infrastructures/installations they will be using. The access is provided free of charge, including all the logistical, technological and scientific support, as well as specific training, that is normally provided to external researcher using the infrastructure/installation.

The call programme is as follows.

  1st Call 2nd Call 3rd Call
Opening of the call 12 January 2012 14 January 2013 19 September 2013
Deadline extended upto 3 April 2012 extended upto 27 March 2013 extended upto 25 November 2013
Evaluation April - July 2012 April - June 2013 31 January 2014 – Selection Panel meeting on 26 February 2014
Feedback to applicants July 2012 June 2013 Scheduled with 28 February 2014 
Implementation of
approved projects 
Started in October 2012 Started in October 2013 Scheduled from April to September 2014

Selection of projects

Submitted projects will be subjected to a three-step selection process involving:

  1. Validation of each proposal by the manager of the targeted facility (feasibility assessment).

  2. Evaluation by the Selection Panel (SP) based on scientific excellence, innovation and impacts on the state-of-the-art.

  3. final assessments by the SP.

(This procedure was changed by the Selection Panel after the First Call, for which step (i) followed step (ii), to avoid technically non-feasible proposals).

The selection criteria

The submitted proposals will be first grouped by facility types (ferryboxes/fixed platforms/gliders/calibration laboratories). Then, each group will be evaluated according to the following criteria for selection:

  • Fundamental scientific and/or technical value; potential interest to the research/service-provider community; originality and innovation.

  • Quality of the work program: clarity of presentation, adequacy in relation to set objectives.

  • Evaluation of risk and payoff

  • Potential for seeding links with Industry.

  • Quality of proposing user group.

  • European relevance.

The selection panel

The Selection Panel (SP) comprises members from the JERICO management team, the five members of the JERICO Scientific Advisory Committee and the three external experts on the Board of the JERICO Forum for Coastal Technology:

  • Stefania Sparnocchia, JERICO WP8 leader

  • Patrick Farcy, JERICO coordinator

  • Pascal Morin, JERICO WP1 coordination team

  • Dominique Durand, JERICO WP1 coordination team

  • Ingrid Puillat, JERICO WP1 coordination team

  • Janet Newton, SAC, University of Washington, USA

  • George Zodiatis, SAC, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

  • Richard Dewey, SAC, University of Victoria, Canada

  • Hans Dalhin, SAC, Director of EUROGOOS

  • Roger Proctor, SAC, University of Tasmania, Australia

  • Franciscus Colijn, FCT, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

  • Laurent Mortier, FCT, ENSTA-LOCEAN, France

  • Alicia Lavin, FCT, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain

Approval of proposals

The final ratings of the submitted proposals will be ranked in descending order. Approval will be granted, starting with the proposal that has the highest rating and then working downwards.

Priority will be given to projects where the user groups:

  • are working in countries where such research infrastructures/installations do not exist;

  • have not previously used the infrastructures/installations they are requesting access to.

Projects may be shifted between equivalent installations to match scientific ratings and demand.

The results of the selection will be posted on the JERICO web site. The leader of each selected user group will be contacted directly by the manager/operator of the infrastructure/installation chosen for its activities to receive information/guidelines for in person/hands-on access or shipment for remote access.

The user group will also be required to enter into a contract or agreement with the manager/operator of the infrastructure/installation chosen for its activities. The contract or agreement will delineate the actions to be undertaken, the resources that will need to be allocated, the length of planned user stays if any, and the period of use. It will also define the rights and obligations of the Parties involved, including eventual provisions for early termination.

Post-access requirements

After the end of the project, the user group leader must submit

  1. A report to the host institution describing the scientific output of the access received. A notification and details regarding the report format and submission deadline will be sent out via email in due time. The reports will be published on the JERICO web site and made available to the European Commission.

  2. The "User Group Questionnaire" aimed at assisting the Commission to evaluate the Research Infrastructures Action, to monitor the individual contracts, and to improve the services provided to the scientific community. When completing the questionnaire, the JERICO contract number (262584) and the acronym of the user project must be indicated. The questionnaire must be submitted once as soon as the experiment on the infrastructure come to end.

  3. Any publications or patents resulting from the JERICO TA project must be reported to the host institute and the JERICO TNA office. Details regarding the report format will be sent out via email in due time. Furthermore, all such publications or patents must also contain references to the JERICO grant agreement (no. 262584) and acknowledgements to the host institute.

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