LAPBIAT Lapland Atmosphere-Biosphere Facility
Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base

Calls for proposals and Submission deadline

Calls for proposals are announced twice a year in Nature, with usual deadlines around 15th April and 15 September. These pages will be updated when new information exists. The first call for proposals will be announced only in the internet in November 2001, with a deadline for submission of project proposals set to 30th November 2001.

Terms of Access and Funding
The access will be provided free of all charge to the new users and user groups given access to the facility under this contract and will include all infrastructural, logistical, technical and scientific support that is normally provided to external users. The grants for the selected users will cover travel and subsistence costs to visit the infrastructure up to 3 months duration, or shorter visits involving the installation of well automated instruments for 3-12 months operation on the ground or at the station observation platforms. Only research teams conducting their research in the Member States of the Community or Associated States are eligible to benefit under the contract.

How to apply for access?
Short project proposals should include:

  1. The Application Form. Select one of the following options for downloading:

    Microsoft Word document (Word 2000)

    Microsoft Word document (Word 6.0/95)

    pdf document (if you do not have Acrobat Reader see the bottom of this page)

    or contact Project Manager Jyrki Manninen lapbiat@sgo.fi.

  2. A scientific description of the project proposal, which should consist of:
    • a descriptive title of the project
    • the names of team members (ONLY those who are coming to LAPBIAT stations)
    • a clear description of the scientific objectives and the work content of the project
    • a description of possible links and complementary value to existing research projects
    • a list of references of relevant publications
  3. Information about the experience of the researcher(s) including CV(s)

The proposals should be submitted with postmark no later than the announced deadline to Project Manager Jyrki Manninen at this address: Project Manager Jyrki Manninen, Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Tähteläntie 62, FIN-99600 Sodankylä, Finland. Please also submit a copy of the proposal by fax (+358 16 619875) or e-mail to Project Manager.

Selection of Users
Following each call for proposals or other publication of the access offered under this contract, a Users Selection Panel meets to recommend a short-list of projects that should benefit under the contract. This Panel consists of ten experts, of whom three are independent and external to the Facility.

Selection is based on scientific merit, and complementarity to existing research in LAPBIAT stations. Final approval is given by the European Commission.

Priority will be given to User Groups who have not previously used the Facility and who would normally not have access to it. User groups from Finland are not eligible for support from this programme.

Selection will also take into account that the contract is intended to finance primarily short visits to the Facility. For visits exceeding 3 months, the Contractor must seek the prior written approval by the Commission.

Time from application deadline to information about accepted proposals will be approximately 2 month. Information about acceptance will be given as quickly as possible.

Eligibility of research teams and researchers
Only research teams conducting their research in the Member States and Associated states are eligible to benefit of access to the infrastructure under this contract.

Only research teams that are entitled to disseminate or arrange the dissemination of the knowledge they have generated under the project are eligible to benefit of access to the infrastructure under this contract. An exception to this rule may be made only in the case of a research team from an SME, which wishes to use the infrastructure for the first time.

Research teams conducting their research in the country where the contractor is located are only eligible to benefit under this contract if the leading team is from an eligible country.

Information and rules for accepted users
  • Traveling costs
  • Rules and reports (not exist yet)

    Contact information
    Application Forms, Informations about HPRI programme and LAPBIAT facilities can be obtained from:

    Project Manager Jyrki Manninen
    Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
    Tähteläntie 62

  • Please visit also the WWW pages of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, Finland, which kindly hosts the LAPBIAT pages.

    WWW pages seem to be always "under construction." Your constructive criticism is needed for this one. Please feel free to send your comments anytime to the Project Manager. Thank you for your co-operation.

    Last update: 2002-04-21, 1405 UT, by J. Manninen, project manager.