Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic Mesocosm Facilities 2023

Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic Mesocosm Facilities 2023

Can you imagine having access to one of the most advanced mesocosm facilities in Europe and conduct your own experiment or participating in one with almost all expenses covered by the EU?

The 2023 AQUACOSM-plus Transnational Access (TA) call is now open!

What is the AQUACOSM-plus?

It is an EU Research Infrastructure project, with more than 60 aquatic mesocosm facilities throughout Europe ranging from Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean, from mountains to lowlands, from freshwater to marine, and from ultra-oligotrophic to hyper-eutrophic conditions, including benthic and pelagic systems.

What AQUACOSM-plus offers via Transnational Access?

AQUACOSM-plus provides funding to academic and industrial (including SMEs) research groups, individual scientists, experts, professionals, and university students from all over the world (up to 20% non-Europeans and associated countries)to:

\ participate in mesocosm experiments that have been planned by the facility providers

\ propose own ideas for mesocosm experiments in the partner facilities in cooperation with the local team

Is this access free of charge?

AQUACOSM-plus covers all experimental set-up expenses, as well as travel, accommodation, and meal expenses of the selected participants.

Who can apply?

You can apply either as individual or as group.

Individuals: University students, scientists, researchers, professionals

Groups: Any group from either academia or industry.

Applicants can be from all over the world.

Ok, how can I apply?


Find out about available mesocosm facilities and already planned experiment

Contact the facility provider to discuss the details

Submit your application via aquacosm new, easy to use, application portal. 

When will it be open and is there any deadline?

Most experiments and open-time slots for experiments will be live from November 2022.  Each facility will have its own deadline. See

Do I have to be a marine scientist to apply for the marine mesocosm facilities or a freshwater scientist for the freshwater facilities?


You can be a scientist, engineer, professional, or student in any field!

AQUACOSM-plus aims to promote effective international scientific collaboration and technological knowledge transfer across traditional barriers between regions, countries, and traditionally separated science disciplines, such as marine and freshwater research.

I am scientist/engineer in a non-aquatic field, can I still apply?

If you want to conduct research related to aquatic ecosystems, YES!!!

AQUACOSM-plus is encouraging multidisciplinary environmental projects, promoting the Whole-Ecosystem approach!

Furthermore, AQUACOSM-plus is enhancing collaboration among the European Environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs) by engaging in multidisciplinary joint research activities

More information on the TA application process and deadlines for individual calls at the respective facilities can be found at

Contact TA-Office:


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