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​​​​​​​​HiRadMat@SPS Transnational Access

The HiRadMat Transnational Access (TA) is part of EuCARD-2 (FP7). It is intented to support and encourage participation of EU collaborators intersted in using the facility for material tests for accelerator or detector R&D.

CERN operates the accelerator complex including the SPS and HiRadMat@SPS facility based on a yearly schedule. CERN support includes the basic infrastructure for the experiments (electricity, network connectivity, office space,  connections, control room, limited technical support for last minute corrections or modifications, etc.), installation of the experiments, preparation of the beams, and the beam operation during the experiments. The beam in the HiRadMat Experiments is provided free of charge to CERN users and external users. 

The TA funds will be used to cover travel and subsistence expenses related to the stay at CERN for the experiment. It can also be used to cover expenses for safety inspections or consulting for the experiments, as well as packaging and logistic expenses for waste handling.

The HiRadMat experiments are single beam pulse experiments. Thus each experiment require real beam time for few hours, possibly taken in several periods. However as for each beam pulse a reconfiguration of the whole CERN accelerator complex (linac, booster, PS and SPS) may be required (for example going from low to high intensity, different focusing, etc.) each experiment is expected to last for few days - typically a week. Preparation of the experiment and post-irradiation evaluation of the results will also depend on the complexity of the experiment and will require few days of presence each time. 

The results of the experiments using this facility will be presented to the scientific community on a regular basis in workshops and conferences, in synergy with the dissemination activities of EUCARD-2.

EuCARD-2 and its participating institutions accept users within the Transnational Access Activity of the EU 7th Framework Programme. The Transnational Access Programme poses certain restrictions upon the eligibility of users, based on nationalities of group members and location of their home institutions. These restrictions are also subject to the Contract between the EuCARD-2 Consortium and the EU, and are mandatory to all parties involved. The main criteria for eligibility are outlined below. Additional information can be obtained directly from the EU Cordis web site or from EuCARD-2.


Only research teams conducting their research in the Member States or Associated Countries are eligible to benefit from access to the infrastructure under the contract. The term "research team" means a group of one or more researchers not necessarily all coming from the same country.

To be eligible, a user group must satisfy the following conditions:

  • both the user group leader and the majority of the users must work in an institution established in a Member State or Associated State;
  • both the user group leader and the majority of the users must work in a country other than the country(ies) where the legal entity(ies) operating the infrastructure is(are) established; (Note: this condition is not applicable to HiRadMat because CERN has the status of "International Organization". As a result users from France and Switzerland are eligible to apply, see Annex 3 pdf for more details.)
  • only research teams that are entitled to publish the results of their project performed at the facility in the open press may apply for access to a participating infrastructure.

Eligible countries outside the European Union:

  • Associated countries: Albania, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1 January 2009).

Further information about eligible countries outside the EU can be found here:

Application procedure for TA support