Transnational
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Transnational Access (TA) is the backbone of GEOLAB that will lead to ground-breaking research and innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by the CI.

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FREE ACCESS TO GEOLAB

Gain access to the GEOLAB research facilities

The GEOLAB Research Infrastructure is open for ground-breaking research and innovation by academic and industry users outside the consortium, the so-called transnational access. The access is funded from the EU project budget and includes technical & scientific support and training of the users.

In total 40 experiments are foreseen in the following rounds of calls for proposals:

  1. Experiments that proof innovative solutions to enhance the resilience of the Critical Infrastructure (CI) in Europe (opened 9 June 2021; closed 10 October 2021).
  2. Experiments to study the pressures on CI, e.g., impact of climate change, aging, increased usage, extreme weather events and geo-hazards (opened April 2022, deadline 30 September 2022).
  3. Experiments to validate advances in numerical modelling and data science leading to a better engineering design (expected to open in April 2023).

First Call for Proposals

GEOLAB provides a comprehensive suite of 11 complementary installations equipping the users from academia and industry with renowned tools for excellent research for the energy, water, urban and transport infrastructure sector.

The installations were specifically selected to ensure a wide range of capabilities to address problems across experiment scales, disciplinary boundaries and Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

The research infrastructure installations are used to study the following:

  • Ground stability related issues, e.g. consolidation, seepage, liquefaction, (coastal) erosion and slope stability.
  • Water-soil-structure interaction, e.g. for roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, dams, foundations, buildings and buried cables & pipelines.
  • Interaction of infrastructure systems with the environment, e.g. impact of climate change, extreme weather events, geo-hazards, static & dynamic loading and aging.

This First Call for Proposals invited all eligible organisations to submit a proposal, before October 10th, 2021, for an experiment to be hosted in one of the above-mentioned facilities. The theme of the call was: ‘Experiments that prove innovative solutions to enhance the resilience of Critical Infrastructure (CI) in Europe’.

The GEOLAB project provides User Groups access free of charge to the facilities for their research project and covers travel and subsistence costs (within prescribed limits) as well. State-of-the-art measuring instruments, data-acquisition and processing systems will be available, as well as modern support facilities, such as library, computers, and internet access. Furthermore, visiting researchers are offered a scientific and intellectual environment, with assistance and guidance from experts at the host institute.

 

Second Call for Proposals

GEOLAB provides a comprehensive suite of 11 complementary installations equipping the users from academia and industry with renowned tools for excellent research for the energy, water, urban and transport infrastructure sector.

The installations were specifically selected to ensure a wide range of capabilities to address problems across experiment scales, disciplinary boundaries and Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

The research infrastructure installations are used to study the following:

  • Ground stability related issues, e.g. consolidation, seepage, liquefaction, (coastal) erosion and slope stability.
  • Water-soil-structure interaction, e.g. for roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, dams, foundations, buildings and buried cables & pipelines.
  • Interaction of infrastructure systems with the environment, e.g. impact of climate change, extreme weather events, geo-hazards, static & dynamic loading and aging.

This Call for Proposals is an invitation to all eligible organizations to submit a proposal for an experiment to be hosted in one of the above mentioned facilitiesThe theme of the present call is: ‘Experiments to study the pressures on CI, e.g., impact of climate change, aging, increased usage, extreme weather events and geo-hazards (opening expected in April 2022).’.

  • The deadline for proposals is September 30th, 2022, 23.59 CET. Proposals received after this time cannot be considered.
  • Proposals are reviewed by a group of independent experts (the User Selection Panel), of which the outcome is expected in January 15th, 2023.

To guide prospective users in preparing their proposal, further technical details on the capabilities of physical modelling at the experimental facilities can be found in the Description GeoLAB RI document. We ask prospective Users of the facilities to make clear in their proposal how their research will contribute to our understanding and enhancing of the resilience of the CI in Europe.

The GEOLAB project provides User Groups access free of charge to the facilities for their research project and covers travel and subsistence costs (within prescribed limits) as well. State-of-the-art measuring instruments, data-acquisition and processing systems will be available, as well as modern support facilities, such as library, computers, and internet access. Furthermore, visiting researchers are offered a scientific and intellectual environment, with assistance and guidance from experts at the host institute.

If you wish to find out more about the first call for proposals for Transnational Access, you can watch the webinar here.