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Call for Proposals

Second call for proposals is now open, closes 2nd December 2016

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.

This Second Call for Proposals is an invitation to 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 facilities available in this second call are based at the institutes: Deltares, Aalto University, DHI, HR Wallingford Ltd., HSVA, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 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 in the list of providers and facilities at the end of this web page and 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. Details on the conditions for eligibility are in the summary of rules and conditions.

You should submit your project proposal, by email, to the facility provider at the institution where you would like to conduct your proposed experiment. A valid proposal consists of the following items in one file:
  1. Application form
  2. A proposal, not exceeding 4 pages (incl. text, references and figures), with the following sections:
    1. Scientific context of the study
    2. Explanation of how the research contributes to climate change adaptation
    3. Scientific need to use this specific installation
    4. Methodology
    5. Proposed analysis of the results
    6. Publication Plan
    7. Data Storage Plan (focus: dissemination of knowledge and availability for the European Research Community);
  3. A 1-page description of the model set-up (if relevant), additional technical details and specifications to aid the facility providers in assessing the project’s feasibility;
  4. CVs for each researcher (not exceeding 1 page per researcher).

Please note that proposals exceeding the above page limits cannot be considered by the User Selection Panel. The deadline for proposals is December 2, 2016. Proposals received after this date cannot be considered.

Proposals are reviewed by a User Selection Panel of which the outcome is expected to be known on March 31 2017. The primary criterion for selection is the scientific merit. Secondary criteria are used to encourage the participation of first-time users, active female participation, trans-national research teams, interaction with the host institute and contribution to our research focus of adaptation to climate change.

It is highly recommended to send a draft proposal to the infrastructure manager, as early as possible but at least 2 weeks before the deadline. By doing so, the facility manager can advise users with respect to technical constraints, feasibility or eligibility conditions and provide additional information aimed at improving your final proposal.

For more information please contact:

  • Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands: Mark Klein Breteler, Tel: +31622877320, E-mail: hydralab@deltares.nl
  • Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland: Mikko Suominen, Tel: +358 50 433 1338, E-mail:  mikko.suominen@aalto.fi 
  • DHI, Hørsholm, Denmark: Björn Elsäßer, Tel: +45 4516 9467,  E-mail:  bje@dhigroup.com
  • HR Wallingford, United Kingdom: David Todd: Tel: +44 14 91 822435, E-mail: d.todd@hrwallingford.com 
  • HSVA, Hamburg, Germany: Karl-Ulrich Evers, Tel: +49 (0)40 69 203-426, E-mail: evers@hsva.de 
  • LUH, Forschungszentrum Küste, Hannover, Germany: Matthias Kudella, Tel.: +49 511 762 9231,   E-mail: kudella@fzk-nth.de 
  • University of Hull, United Kingdom: Stuart McLelland, Tel: +44 1482 465007, E-mail: S.J.McLelland@hull.ac.uk, Twitter: @StuartMcLelland
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain: Iván Cáceres, Tel: +34 93401 0936, E-mail: i.caceres@upc.edu 

Download the call text here: