Transnational Access and Service Programme (TAS)

Access to the following solar telescopes and database repositories will be available for external users:

  1. The first-class EU infrastructures for high-resolution ground-based solar physics: GREGOR, VTT, THEMIS, SST, IBIS/DST, ROSA/DST
  2. The most demanded European Science Data Centre, providing data gathered by the solar satellite HINODE (SDC Europe) and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (BE-WISSDOM and GSC-SDO)

New users, young researchers and eligible researchers from countries with no similar facilities are specially encouraged to apply for access. Please, check Eligibility Criteria.


WP90: Transnational Access Programme

The aim of this WP is to offer to external users access to the most-advanced, largest and first-class infrastructures for high-resolution ground-based solar physics. Apart from the access offered by the world-class solar telescopes installed at the Canary Islands Observatories (GREGOR, VTT, THEMIS, and SST), is also offered access to IBIS/DST and ROSA/DST, key instruments for studying a variety of solar phenomena installed in a non-European facility: the US Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) of the NSO.

How to apply for access

An Announcement of Opportunity to apply for access to the solar telescopes and instruments offered by SOLARNET is published every year. A single Time Allocation Committee will be responsible to rank proposals.

Application form

Astronomers are invited to apply for access at SOLARNET ACCESS in 2016: Call for proposals.

Each telescope (GREGOR, VTT, THEMIS, SST) and instrument (IBIS/DST and ROSA/DST) have a specific forms for the proposals.

Prior to submit your application make sure you and your team meet eligibility criteria.

Deadline: January 20th, 2016.

Travel and Subsistence Grants

Apart from awarding telescope time (following the Announcement of Opportunity, and based on scientific merits and technical feasibility) and access to databases, Travel and Subsistence grants will be provided to be on-site during the observations.


WP100: Access to Science Data Centres. Space missions

Access to the most demanded European Science Data Centre, providing data gathered by the solar satellite HINODE, and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), will be offered under this WP. The access to space-based data for solar research, offered for the first time under an I3 supported by the EC, will expand significantly the content of the Programmes for the high-resolution solar physics community supported in the past.

The Hinode Science Data Centre Europe, the Belgian Web Incessant Screening and the German Science Center for the Solar Dynamics Observatory, are the three facilities offering access and services under this WP.

Access to the database repositories is freely provided through internet connection.


Participant organisation name Country
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Coordinator) Spain
University of Graz Austria
Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van Belgie Belgium
Sveuciliste u Zagrebu - Geodetski Fakultet Croatia
Astronomický ústav AV ČR v.v.i Czech Republic
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France
Université de Paul Sabatier Toulouse III France
Winlight Optics France
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik Germany
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP) Germany 
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. Germany 
PnSensor Gmbh Germany 
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Italy 
S.R.S. Engineering Design S.R.L Italy 
Università di Calabria Italy 
Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata Italy 
Universitetet i Oslo Norway
Uniwersytet Wrocławski Poland
Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Slovakia
Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria Spain
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía Spain 
Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation Spain 
Stockholms Universitet Sweden
Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno Switzerland
HANKOM Engineering The Netherlands
Wageningen Universiteit  The Netherlands 
Queens University Belfast United Kingdom
University College London United Kingdom 
University of Birmingham United Kingdom 
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics USA
National Solar Observatory USA

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