What resources are available in the Trees4Future infrastructure?

Trees4Future offers access to a wide range of forest research infrastructures, from tree/population scale to forestry landscape level. The 28 infrastructures include databanks, biobanks, models and decision-support systems, laboratories and other facilities.

See our detailed information for each facility.

How much does access cost?

The TA programme offers researchers free access to the Trees4Future research structures and facilities, including a contribution to travel and subsistence costs.

What type of access is available?

There are two types of access. Each facility has specified which access level it will offer.

TA-1: Physical access Researchers will physically visit the site(s) to conduct research. Trees4Future will contribute to travel and subsistence costs.

TA-2: Remote access Researchers send their samples for analysis, but do not physically visit the site. The site manager is responsible for making measurements and analyses. There is no reimbursement for travel/subsistence costs.

Who can apply?

The TNA programme is open to individual researchers or research groups based in EU Member States and Associated countries.

EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

Associated countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey.

  • The country refers to the location of the employing organisation, not the nationality of the researcher.
  • Researchers from non-EU Member states are eligible to apply for funding if they make their application as a member of a research group involved in international projects with a strong European link. The group leader and majority – 50% or more – of the group must be employed by public or private institutions based in EU Member States or Associated countries.
  • Researchers from Trees4Future partner organisations may apply to the TNA programme, but they will be given lower priority.

 Facility access

  • Applicants may not apply to access a facility in the same country as their location (eg an Italian-based researcher cannot apply to an Italian facility).
  • In the case of a group application, the group leader, and the majority – 50% or more – of the group must be employed by organisations located in an EU Member or Associated country which is not the same as the country of the facility.
  • In the case of group applications, only one person will be eligible for travel and subsistence costs.
More information about eligibility

When can I apply for access?

The Call for Access opened in May 2012. A “continuously open” mechanism applies. As a general rule, applicants should submit their proposal between two and six months before they wish to begin their visit.

Please note that the final deadlines for applications have now been announced:

1st stage application deadline: 31 October 2015

2nd stage application deadline: 30 November 2015

How do I apply for access?

Trees4Future has a two-stage application process.

1st stage application: eligibility

Applicants submit a short proposal via the Trees4Future website. This is automatically sent to the site manager of the relevant research facility as well as the TNA Coordination Team.

The application is assessed for eligibility, and the feasibility of the proposed work (in consultation with the site manager).

We aim to inform candidates within 2 weeks of the outcome of the eligibility phase. If the outcome is positive, you will be asked to get in touch with the site manager of the Trees4Future facility/site concerned before completing the full application form.

2nd stage application: full proposal

Applicants submit a full proposal, including details of scientific aims and objectives, methodology,  expected results and preliminary plans for publication.

A User Selection Panel (USP) composed of the TA Coordination Team and two external reviewers (experts in the field) will evaluate the access proposals. Following the initial review by the USP the proposal will be sent to the Executive Committee of Trees4Future, which will give its final decision on the proposed access.

You will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation by the USP within 6 weeks from the date of submission of your 2nd stage application.

How is my proposal evaluated?

The TNA selection process gives priority to collaborative projects which promote science, methodology, and technology transfer and advancement.

The selection of proposals is based on scientific factors, but priority is also given to

  • First-time users
  • Young researchers
  • Requests from countries which lack research infrastructure resources

Since the successful completion of a transnational experiment and publication of the data do not only depend on a successful field period, but also on further support to complete the analysis of data and publishing process, researchers/research groups which can show sufficient funding will be given priority over researchers that cannot.

More information about the evaluation process

What support is provided?

Researchers requiring physical access to Trees4Future facilities may claim a contribution towards travel and subsistence costs.

Travel costs are covered to a maximum of 450€, and may include flights, train/bus or use of private car. Users may also claim a daily subsistence rate, which varies from 51€ to 109€ depending on the location of the facility. Each facility has specified the maximum duration of access.

In the case of group applications, only one person will be eligible for travel and subsistence costs.

What are the conditions for access? (Do I have to agree to publish my results?)

Researchers are expected to publish their results within a reasonable time in open literature. The access provided must be acknowledged in the publication, specifying that the project received research funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7)

e.g. "Financial support by the Transnational Access to Research Infrastructures activity in the 7th Framework Programme of the EC under the Trees4Future project (no. 284181) for conducting the research is gratefully acknowledged.”

The receiving organization, and if applicable, research programmes, or projects funding the specific infrastructure, must also be acknowledged.

See the list of publications by Trees4Future visitors.

What sort of proposals have been successful?

Our visit feedback page gives project titles and detailed feedback from successful applicants.

You can also see the list of publications by Trees4Future visitors.