Call for proposals

Call for Proposals

First call for proposals: closed at March 11, 2016
Second call for proposals: expected in Autumn 2016

HYDRALAB+ supports transnational access to ten large and unique experimental facilities designed for flow, wave, and ice research. This access programme enables Europe-wide cooperation among international research groups to carry out hydraulic research in facilities, to which they normally do not have access. The best proposals are selected from an open competition, organised in ‘calls for proposals’.

HYDRALAB is a network of research institutes with world-leading hydraulic and hydrodynamic experimental facilities. The HYDRALAB+ project is funded by the European Commission through the Horizon2020 programme to strengthen the coherence of experimental hydraulic and hydrodynamic research by improving the infrastructures with a focus on adaptation to climate change issues. The project has three key objectives: (i) widen the use of and access to unique hydraulic and hydrodynamic research infrastructures in the EU; (ii) improve experimental methods to enhance hydraulic and hydrodynamic research and address the future challenges of climate change adaptation; and (iii) network with the experimental hydraulic and hydrodynamic research community throughout Europe and share knowledge and data with the wider scientific community and other stakeholders, including industry and government agencies.

A Call for Proposals invites all eligible research groups (see the summary of rules and conditions for transnational access) to submit a proposal for an experiment to be hosted in one of the HYDRALAB+ major and unique facilities, free of charge. The first call for proposals was a great success in which we received 72 proposals, of which 15 are granted.


The facilities are based at the institutes: Deltares, Aalto University, CNRS-Grenoble, DHI, HR Wallingford Ltd., HSVA, Leibniz Universität Hannover, NTNU, University of Hull and Universitat Politèchnica de Catalunya. The experimental facilities we are making available are designed for research across a range of disciplines, including hydraulics, geophysical hydrodynamics, morphodynamics, ecohydraulics, ice engineering and hydraulic structures. More information on the facilities is available on the HYDRALAB+ website.

The theme of HYDRALAB+ is ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’ and this focus will integrate Transnational Access projects with our Joint Research Activities (see website for further details).We ask prospective Users of the facilities to make clear in their proposal how their research will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of adaptations to climate change.

The programme provides user groups access free of charge to the facilities for their research project and covers also travel and subsistence costs (within prescribed limits). Access is made available for short duration projects, not exceeding 3 months. State-of-the-art measuring instruments, data-acquisition and processing systems will be  available, as well as modern support facilities, such as library, computers and internet access. Furthermore, visiting researchers are offered a scientific and intellectual environment, with assistance and guidance from experts at the host institute. Previous experience in physical modelling and laboratory experiments are not a prerequisite since technical support and training will be provided.

User groups are only eligible when the team leader and the majority of researchers are conducting their research in the EU or Associated States, but outside the host country of the facility. In exceptional cases a user group with a majority from outside the EU and Associated States can be accepted, to be judged by the coordinator. Members from Hydralab partners and associated partners are allowed to participate in one or more user groups as a small minority, but are not allowed to be a user group leader. Details on the conditions for eligibility are in the summary of rules and conditions.


For more information please contact:

  • Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands: Mark Klein Breteler, Tel: +31622877320, E-mail:
  • Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland: RUF von Bock und Polach, Tel: +358 50 405 9030, E-mail:
  • CNRS, Grenoble, France: Joel Sommeria, Tel : +334 76 82 52 80, E-mail:
  • DHI, Hørsholm, Denmark: Thor Ugelvig Petersen, Tel: +45 45 16 92 16,  E-mail:
  • HR Wallingford, United Kingdom: David Todd: Tel: +44 14 91 822435, E-mail:
  • HSVA, Hamburg, Germany: Karl-Ulrich Evers, Tel: +49 (0)40 69 203-426, E-mail:
  • LUH, Forschungszentrum Küste, Hannover, Germany: Matthias Kudella, Tel.: +49 511 762 9223,   E-mail:
  • NTNU, Trondheim, Norway: Jochen Aberle, Tel: +47 73 59 47 69, E-mail:
  • University of Hull, United Kingdom: Stuart McLelland, Tel: +44 1482 465007, E-mail:, Twitter: @StuartMcLelland
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain: Iván Cáceres, Tel: +34 93401 0936, E-mail:

Download the call text here: