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 have been provided local assistance by the operators of the infrastructures/installations they used. 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 March 2014 
Implementation of
approved projects 
Completed Completed Completed

Selection of projects

Submitted projects have been 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 have been 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 have been ranked in descending order and approval was granted, starting with the proposal with the highest rating and then working downwards.

Priority have been 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.

The results of the selection have been published in the JERICO web site (1st Call), (2nd Call), (3rd Call).

The user group have been required to enter into an agreement with the manager of the infrastructure/installation chosen for its activities. The contract or agreement delineated the actions to be undertaken, the resources to be allocated, the length of planned user stays if any, and the period of use. It also defined 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 describing the scientific output of the access received. The reports have been published in 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. Moreover, he/she was informed that: 
    3. Any publications or patents resulting from the JERICO TA project must be reported to the host institute and the JERICO TNA office. 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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