Here follows the rules set up by the ASSEMBLE Consortium together with the European Commission for this Transnational Access activity.
To be eligible to benefit from access to any of the ASSEMBLE infrastructure sites a user group (a research team of one or more researchers) must satisfy the following conditions (see also Annex 3 to Grant Agreement).
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 State associated to Framework Programme 7 (Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro, from http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/who_en.html). It is thus possible to fund applicants resident outside the European Union (member states and associated states) if they are not the main applicant and if they are a minority (less than 50%) in the group of researchers contributing to the overall Access project.
The users must work in countries other than the country where the legal entity operating the ASSEMBLE infrastructure site applied for is established.
Only user groups that are entitled to disseminate the knowledge they have generated under the project are eligible to benefit from access free of charge to the infrastructure under this grant agreement.
The selection panel bases its selection on scientific merit: excellence of project and competence of applicants. Priority will be given to user groups composed of users who:
- have not ever (for research purposes) used the ASSEMBLE infrastructure site applied for before (main applicant);
- have not previously been funded by ASSEMBLE (main applicant);
- are working in countries where no such research infrastructure site exists (including marine material for shipping);
- are not working at ASSEMBLE sites;
- have no preexisting scientific contacts with local scientists;
- are using local ecosystems, species or models rather than bringing own (marine only) samples;
- are moving from a non-marine area into the marine field.
The access provider shall ensure that the users have the same rights and obligations in regard to confidentiality as referred to for the access provider in Article II.9. (Annex 2 to Grant Agreement)
The access provider shall ensure that the users have the same rights and obligations in regard to publicity as referred to for the access provider in Article II.12 (Annex 2 to Grant Agreement).
Users should make suitable publicity in their publications and reports about the support given by the European Community for the access provided to them, referring to ASSEMBLE grant agreement no. 227799.
Rights to knowledge
The access provider shall ensure that the users enjoy, on a royalty-free basis, access rights to the background of the access provider and to the knowledge generated in the ASSEMBLE project, if needed to carry out their own work under the project. The access provider shall inform, as soon as possible, the users of any restriction which might substantially affect the granting of access rights.
Full health/travel insurance and pre-flight cancellation insurance is obligatory. It must cover the full period from arrival to departure, cover pre-existing medical conditions, and include world-wide travel assistance and emergency air transportation services. This is a private cost not covered by the grant. Certain activities (e.g. diving) may require the visitor to obtain additional special insurance cover.