Trans-National Access Trans-National Access

Trans-National Access

ARCHLAB, MOLAB and FIXLAB calls are published twice a year in January and June.

ARCHLAB and MOLAB  - Deadlines  on February 15th and September 15th

FIXLAB  -  Click here to see the deadlines.


Integrated trans-national access platforms. IPERION CH makes world-class scientific tools and knowledge available to Heritage scientists through three integrated Trans-National Access platforms:

  • ARCHLAB: access (APPLICATION FORM) to specialised knowledge and organized scientific information – including technical images, analytical data and conservation documentation – in datasets largely unpublished from tenlarge archives of prestigious European museums, galleries and research institutions.
  • FIXLAB: access (APPLICATION FORMS) to large-scale facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources, accelerators) uniquely also having expertise in CH, for sophisticated scientific investigations on samples or whole objects, revealing their micro-structures and chemical compositions, giving essential and invaluable insights into CH historical technologies, materials, alteration and degradation phenomena.
  • MOLAB: access (APPLICATION FORM) to an impressive collection of advanced mobile analytical instrumentation for non-invasive measurements on precious, fragile or immovable objects, archaeological sites and historical monuments. The MObileLABoratory allows its users to implement complex multi-technique diagnostic projects, permitting the most effective in situ investigations.


The IPERION CH TNA ensures unparalleled support for excellent scholarly research projects and innovative enterprises. It is designed to enable researchers to conduct exemplary scientific studies of CH materials: complementary non-invasive techniques to minimise sampling (MOLAB), followed by more in-depth characterisation (FIXLAB), combined with consultation of comparative data from a wealth of earlier CH studies before or after analyses (ARCHLAB). Competitive, peer-reviewed calls for TNA will be open to the academic, Heritage sector and industrial research community. Research projects will benefit from the availability of a wide range of tools and instrumentation, and users will be allowed and encouraged to apply for multiple accesses to different platforms, supporting the complex multi-disciplinary research in Heritage Science.

The following list of  international experts is related to the Peer Review Panel which is responsible for the evaluation of the projects submitted within the Calls for Trans-National Access:

A. G. Karydas

A. Heritage

A. Lluveras

A. Denker

A. Balzeau

C. Pacheco

E. Godfrey

G. Eggert

G. Verri

H.E. Mahnke

J. Dani

J. Raisanen

K.T. Biró

K. Van Balen

L. Robbiola

P. Noble

P. Ropret

S. Greiff

S. Zucchiatti

Calls for Trans-National Access Calls for Trans-National Access




ARCHLAB and MOLAB TNA Calls for Access are published twice a year in January and June.

ARCHLAB and MOLAB - Deadlines on February 15th and September 15th

FIXLAB -  Click here to see all the deadlines.



The Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Culture Heritage IPERION CH launches Calls for proposals twice a year.

Proposals are addressed to three advanced transnational platforms ARCHLAB, FIXLAB and MOLAB.

The access is offered to:

  • Archives in European museums or conservation institutes (ARCHLAB);
  • Advanced mobile analytical instrumentations for in-situ non-invasive measurements (MOLAB);
  • Integrated platforms where large scale facilities are coupled with medium scale installations (FIXLAB).



Access is free for users from EU Member States, EU Associated States or Developing Countries with proposal/-s approved for funding as long as the results can be made public. User Groups can apply for transnational access in case they meet following conditions:


(a) the User Group Leader and the majority of the User Group members work in an institution/SME established in a Member State of the European Union, an EU Associated State* or a developing country**.

* Associated States (Version April 2015): Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Republic of Moldova, Switzerland (partial association);

** The ca. 130 eligible developing countries can be found in Annex A of the H2020 work programmes

For more details concerning the eligible countries for funding:


(b) the User Group Leader and the majority of the User Group members work in an institution/SME located in a country other than the country where the legal entity operating the infrastructure is established.


(c) only User Groups that are entitled to disseminate th­­­e foreground they have generated under the project are eligible to benefit from access free of charge to the infrastructure.



Access is granted on the basis of proposals which will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of international experts (Peer Review Panel) recognised for their expertise in the field of conservation and scientific studies of cultural heritage and that are independent from the IPERION CH partners.

The selection is primarily based on the scientific quality of the applicants.



Soon after the access to the infrastructure, to enable the European Commission to evaluate the Research Infrastructure's participation, each User Group Leader of a supported user-project is requested to: 

  • Provide to the concerned access Research Infrastructure, a project summary (User Report) highlighting the scientific output of the access received (preferably with one/two images). This User Report includes the names of the concerned Research Infrastructure, It may be published on the IPERION CH website and will be made available to the European Commission;
  • Complete the User Group Questionnaire available on-line at;
  • Publish the results within a reasonable time in the open literature, specifying that the project leading to the publication has received funding from the European Horizon 2020 Programme : "Financial support by the Access to Research Infrastructures activity in the Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU (IPERION CH Grant Agreement n. 654028) is gratefully acknowledged".

Users should also note that the European Commission has the right to publish the list of users, that will contain their names, home institutions and description of the work.



Access provider: means the IPERION CH participant that is in charge of providing access to the infrastructure/s or installation/s,
Infrastructure: means a facility, a resource (or a coherent set of them) together with the related services, that are used by the scientific community to conduct research,
Installation: means a part of an infrastructure that could be used independently from the rest,
User: means a researcher within a User Group, including the User Group Leader,
User Group : means a research team of one or more researchers given access to the infrastructure under the project. A User Group is led by a user User Group Leader.