Apply for TNA

TNA proposal submission will open on the
28th of June 2021.

MOSBRI will provide trans-national (TNA) access to Molecular-scale biophysics instrumentation and expertise aiming at studying biological systems at an intermediate level between atomic-resolution structural descriptions and cellular-scale observations.

The MOSBRI programme offers TNA to 13 European biophysical laboratories, widely distributed over Europe and selected to ensure a comprehensive portfolio of technologies and expertise. You can read about the access modalities and the submission process on this page. To provide transparency on the decision process, both the moderation and reviewing criteria are described in the guidelines page.

Who is eligible to apply for TNA?

Support for transnational access to one of the MOSBRI partner sites (TNA site) is available to anyone with a workplace/host institution in one of the EU member or associated states. Under current agreements, applicants from the UK are also eligible for support for TNA. Other eligible countries may constitute up to 20% of a TNA site’s user base, i.e. where groups have a majority of users not working in an EU or associated country.

As the aim of this activity is to promote trans-national research, only “users” with affiliations from countries other than that of the TNA site can be supported. However, as an exception to this, applications from users within Germany can be accepted for access to EMBL-SPC, as EMBL is an International Organisation.

The person submitting a proposal does not need to be the one who eventually takes advantage of the TNA support, for example the applicant may be a project leader or head of a group, and the “user” a postdoc or PhD student.

What is covered by TNA support?

A proposal awarded TNA to one of the MOSBRI partner sites allows free access to the techniques (or products) provided by the TNA site, for the time (amount) allocated to the project. In addition, financial support for eligible and approved users who visit the TNA site covers:

  • local accommodation
  • cheap airfare/train travel
  • a daily allowance for meals is offered by some TNA sites

How to apply for TNA?

All proposals will be submitted and handled centrally through the MOSBRI website.

MOSBRI provides access in different modes.

Access to MOSBRI pipelines: This means an integrated access to a synergistic set of biophysical instruments and technologies. This will allow the TNA user to fully exploit the expertise of the TNA site to tackle advanced questions. Read more about the available pipelines here.

Access to instruments and methodologies: Use this proposal submission method if you have a focussed research question and already know which instrument/methodology your project needs access to. First select a MOSBRI partner or look at the list of techniques to identify a partner offering the instrument/methodology, read the MOSBRI partner pages with instrument/methodology descriptions, and fill out the instruments/methodologies form.

Common to these two access modalities is that the moderator panel may provide you with feedback and suggestions for other partners or pipelines if the panel views this as being beneficial for the project. Some MOSBRI TNA centres provide remote access with mail-in sample services and is indicated on each partner page.

Project maturation: If you are unsure which pipeline or instrument suite will best answer your project’s scientific question, the moderator panel experts can offer to guide you via project maturation (see figure above). In this case, only a description of the project has to be submitted.

Products: For example, protein standards that can be used to calibrate and benchmark instruments or for training. Current list of products.

The document below provides a detailed description of the information that will be requested, depending on which access mode is required.

Information required and instructions for submission of a MOSBRI TNA proposal.
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A submission is then started by following the link at the top of this page.

After submission, you will receive an email confirming the submission of the proposal and you can view the submitted information and the current status of the proposal at any time by following the link included in the confirmation email.

Proposals can be submitted at any time, however award of TNA to projects will be announced every 2-3 months. The time between the announcements will be evaluated after the start of MOSBRI.

Timeline: In the first year of the project, MOSBRI aims to relay initial feedback to the applicants within 15 days. This will be evaluated after the first year and will be adjusted according to the needs of the user community. Note (June 2021): During the summer holiday months of July and August, processing a submission may take longer.

What to expect once a proposal has been awarded TNA?

The applicant will be contacted by the TNA site to make arrangements for the visit/measurements for the project. All administration of the visit will be carried out by the TNA site, who will assist users in, for example, accessing the site, arranging accommodation and reimbursement of eligible costs.

User Registration Form - Click to download

During your TNA visit, make sure to fill out the user registration form.

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Summary Report

After the TNA visit is completed, you will be asked to submit a brief summary report describing the results/outcomes of the TNA experiment.

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These should be returned to the MOSBRI contact at the TNA site and are essential to document your stay at the TNA site, thus allowing MOSBRI to pay for your travel and accommodation.

Acknowledgement of MOSBRI TNA support.

We request that any presentation of results obtained through MOSBRI TNA support be acknowledged, citing the unique project number assigned (MOSBRI-202X-YY). Specifically for journal articles the following sentence should be included in the acknowledgements (or funding) section of the paper:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004806.

Information regarding any publications (articles, theses, conference proceedings etc.) resulting from TNA supported projects should be submitted to the TNA site, citing the full reference details with DOI.