Within the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the European Union continues to promote, via support for travel and subsistence costs, the access to important European research infrastructures for researchers from countries of the European Union, next to selected other countries. As a participant of the pan-European STRONG-2020-Collaboration and its predecessors, the research infrastructure MAMI has offered Transnational Access support since 2004, with the current funding period being 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2023.
The Transnational Access to MAMI addresses research teams and researchers who are interested in the main focus of experimental research at MAMI, namely hadron physics and nuclear physics with the electromagnetic probe, detector physics, accelerator physics and physics with coherent X-rays. Detailed information, e.g. running and planned experimental programs, offers for diploma- and PhD-theses and contact addresses, can be found at the web pages of the Nuclear Physics Institute/MAMI, the major experimental collaborations A1 (electron scattering), A2 (photon scattering), X1 (coherent X-rays), the accelerator group and the polarised electrons group as well as the planned accelerator MESA.
Who can apply?
Support via Transnational Access to MAMI requires that the team leader and the majority of the members of a research team must work at an institution which is located in one of the EU member states, except Germany or one of the so called associated states.
The EU member states without Germany are (June 2019): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
The associated states are: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunesia, Turkey and Ukraine.
How to apply?
Research teams looking for access to MAMI are either required to submit written proposals describing the work that they wish to carry out, or they can join an already existing proposal on the consent of the proposing collaboration. Furthermore, they are required to fill out all information requested in the Application Form. Proposals can be submitted any time during the current support period (07/01/2019 - 06/30/2023) to the Transnational Access contact person as indicated on the right.
The proposals are evaluated and recommended by a program advisory committee (PAC), which consists of prominent scientists from the international hadron physics community. It usually meets once per year.
Scope of access
Once a scientific proposal is accepted, the proposing scientist have access to the technical infrastructure of the Institute according to the priorities recommended by the program advisory committee and decided by the Institute management. In this respect, access is clearly not limited to just beam time but to all aspects of successfully operating an experiment at MAMI within a large collaboration, from design to construction, test, measurement and finally analysis.
The financial support will be provided by the European Commission through the Nuclear Physics Institute of the University of Mainz. Approved requests will be supported on a per day basis according to the rules of the Institute. Travel expenses will be reimbursed (economy fares). German and local administrative rules will be applied.