The EU Polar Cluster currently comprises of 21 projects: APPLICATE, ARCSAR, ARICE, ArcticHubs, Beyond EPICA, BLUE-ACTION, CAPARDUS, CHARTER, ECOTIP, EU-PolarNet, FACE-IT, FORCeS, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT, JUSTNORTH, KEPLER, PROTECT, SO-CHIC, TiPACCs and NUNATARYUK.
The cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.
with EU PolarNet and the EU Polar Cluster given prominent roles
The EU has adopted a new Arctic policy: to expand its engagement and to work with international partners to keep the region safe, stable and prosperous.
In Brussels and online
The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access and Remote Access to 47 (TA) and 30 (RA) research stations.
The sites are located across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America and they represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times in the INTERACT Data Portal.
The current call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open until 30th November 2021, and it is for access taking place between April 2022 and March 2023. Regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing call, we reserve the possibility to modify the call, postpone the granted accesses or negotiate a shift from physical access to remote access if the situation and safety regulations so require. You can find the TA/RA Call information, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.
An on-line webinar will be held on 13th October at 10:00-11:00 (CEST, UTC +2) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. Join the Zoom webinar by clicking this link
Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!
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