Project Selection Process and Eligibility Criteria
Successful TNA project applications will be selected through a standard procedure involving:
1) Assessment of the pre-proposal submitted by the project leader with respect to project and/or applicant eligibility;
2) Rejection or invitation to submit a full proposal;
3) Submission of a full proposal and scientific review of the project – including evaluation of scientific merit and experimental design – by the User Selection Panel, which is composed by highly experienced scientists from outside the VetBioNet consortium, plus the VetBioNet coordinator and members of the VetBioNet Executive Committee;
4) Selection of projects to be funded (where applicable requiring project and/or budget amendment);
5) Establishment of a direct contact between the user group (i.e. the project leader and all other partners participating in the proposed project) and the hosting organisation providing TNA.
Applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria:
1) The project leader must not be affiliated with one of the 28 VetBioNet partner organisations;
2) The project leader’s institute or enterprise must not be located in the same country in which she/he wishes to gain transnational access to VetBioNet infrastructure facilities;
3) The project idea summarised in the pre-proposal must be related to the VetBioNet research agenda (i.e.: pathogenesis of epizootic and zoonotic diseases, animal host-pathogen interactions, diagnostics of animal infectious diseases, vaccination, immunoprophylaxis, and therapeutic treatment);
4) The user group (i.e. the project leader and all other partners participating in the proposed project) must agree to the terms that are outlined in the VetBioNet Data Management Plan (use of personal data, sharing of research data, Open Access, etc.). The terms and related instructions are available here.
5) Physical access to the experimental facilities (and offices) of the organisations providing TNA may require a background check by the respective national security agencies. Where relevant, applicants will be requested to inquire about the effective VISA regulations for their envisaged stay in the country of the hosting organisation.