ERIGrid Transnational Access:

Apply for Free Access to Europe’s Leading Smart Grid Research Infrastructure

4th call: 15 February - 15 May, 2018
5th call: 15 August - 15 November, 2018
6th call: 15 February - 15 May, 2019

If you are looking for sophisticated smart grid infrastructure with top know-how and innovative installations for conducting your own experimental research, then ERIGrid offers an invaluable opportunity for you.
Starting from 15 February 2018 and up until 15 May 2018, the ERIGrid project will be accepting applications for its fourth call for transnational access.
Users from research, academia and industry are invited to apply for free access to top European smart grids research laboratories of ERIGrid partners.


Successful applicants gain free access to ERIGrid testing and simulation facilities, backed by concentrated know-how and best practices in the field of smart grid systems and Distributed Energy Resources (DER), for example:

  • Power system components characterisation and evaluation
  • Smart grid ICT / Automation validation
  • Co-simulation
  • Real-time simulation and Power/Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and others.
ERIGrid partners offer a wide range of installations and invaluable competences to assist successful applicants with conducting experiments. Such a common framework of applied smart grid expertise will accelerate the development of an integrated pan-European research infrastructure,” says Thomas Strasser of AIT, Coordinator of ERIGrid.


Facilities Available within Transnational Access

Below you can find detailed specifications of available laboratories. In your project proposal you have the option to name laboratories of your choice where you would like to conduct your experimental research.

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)


Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Grenoble Institute of Technology

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - National Technical University of Athens (ICCS NTUA)

Fraunhofer IWES

Ormazabal Corporate Technology (OCT)

OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology

Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)

SINTEF Energy Research

TECNALIA Research & Innovation

Delft University of Technology (TUD)

University of Strathclyde:

1. Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC)
2. Distribution Network and Protection (D-NAP) Laboratory

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland:

1. Multipower Laboratory Espoo
2. Oulu Smart Grid Laboratory

Eligible Applicants

You can apply for the current call for researchers exchange as an individual researcher or together with colleagues as a User Group (UG).
Candidates must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be employed by organisations located in the European Union or associated European states. Limited access is also provided to applicants from non-EU countries and other developing countries (please read the guidelines for more information)
  • The UG leader and the majority of the UG must work in a country other than the one where the requested infrastructure is located
  • Must be able to publicly report about the conducted user project

The starting time and length of the user projects are flexible. The duration of the stay at the research infrastructure is normally limited to 3 months. The expenses, including travel and accommodation, will be reimbursed, subject to ERIGrid rules and regulations.

Application and Evaluation Criteria

To apply, please make yourself familiar with the ERIGrid Transnational Access Procedure and Rules and the user project proposal template. You can submit your project proposals to erigrid-ta [at] list [dot] ait [dot] ac [dot] at.

Some of the key assessment criteria for submitted proposals include:

  • Scientific and technical relevance, originality and innovation
  • Prospect of knowledge-enhancement at research infrastructures
  • Compliance with European RTD policies and priorities; prospect of social impact and impact on EU industry
  • General quality of the proposal: completeness and organisation of the proposal, clear definition of the objectives and expected results, relevance of the proposed dissemination actions, justified amount of requested access; preferable involvement of young researchers and female researchers

The entire evaluation process is expected to be completed one month after the submission deadline.

Material on the ERIGrid Transnational Access:
ERIGrid Transnational Access Procedure and Rules
User Project Proposal Template
Template Declaration of Expenses
Flyer ERIGrid Transnational Accesss
Press Release on 3rd Call for ERIGrid Transnational Access

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