Transnational Access Calls Closed

Starting from 2016, the ERIGrid project has been providing free laboratory access to engineers working in the domain of smart grids and DER. Successful applicants gained access to special equipment and advanced installations for testing and validation of their developed smart grid concepts in Europe’s top laboratories of ERIGrid partners. The Transnational Access (TA) programme thus provided the users for free with the following:

  • travelling
  • accommodation
  • lab access to ERIGrid testing and simulation facilities
  • access to concentrated know-how and best practices in the field of smart grid systems and DER, such as: 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.

All lab operation costs, travelling and accommodation expenses were paid by ERIGrid.  You can find more information about the outcomes of user projects here and their success stories here.

Having organised six rounds of Transnational Access in the past three years, ERIGrid has just completed the evaluation phase of the submitted proposals in the last 6th call. Meanwhile a number of TA user projects are still to be carried out in 2019-2020, ERIGrid will not be opening any further calls.

You can stay informed about any future potential opportunities of free lab access by subscribing to the ERIGrid newsletter.

TA laboratories

In the document “TA description” you will find detailed information on the installations and equipment provided by each laboratory.

Application process:

Identify your experimental needs: empirical topic and testing/validation goals

STEP 1

Select potential labs (up to 3) which are suitable for your topic

STEP 2

Build up your team or decide to apply as an individual user

STEP 3

Write the proposal using this template

STEP 4

Your proposal will be evaluated by independent reviewers from this list — Please point out any names that may involve a conflict of interest

STEP 5

Submit your proposal via the following

STEP 6

Your proposal must meet the following criteria:

  • Scientific and technical relevance, originality and innovation, methodology, robust and realistic test/evaluation approach
  • Prospect of knowledge enhancement at the research infrastructures
  • 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
  • Compliance with European RTD policies and priorities; prospect of social impact and impact on EU industry. New users, young researchers, female researchers are especially welcome.

FAQ

The typical duration of a TA user project may vary from about one week up to one month. Longer stays up to two or three month are in principle possible but in such a case the targeted hosting infrastructure should be contacted in advance in order to check lab availability and potential budget restrictions.

The User Group (UG) leader and the majority of the UG must work in a country other than the one where the requested infrastructure is located.

Yes, you must be able to publicly report about the conducted project.

The entire evaluation process is expected to be completed in about one to two months after the submission deadline.

You need to be employed by organisations located in the European Union or associated European states. Until the 5th call limited access is also provided to applicants from non-EU countries and other developing countries (please read the guidelines for more information); i.e., for the 6th call only applications from European Union or associated European states are possible.

For any questions you can contact us via the following

Detailed descriptions of the labs you can choose from:

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.
Thomas Strasser (AIT)
Coordinator of ERIGrid