Eu-ARTECH offers a coherent set of
Transnational Access programmes aimed at significantly improving the
access of European researchers in artwork studies and conservation to
relevant facilities that exist in, or are owned and run, by European
Objectives of the Eu-ARTECH Transnational Access are:
- to draw together as many as possible European cultural heritage facilities under the same circle;
- to enable the European user community to have easy and transparent access to a range of advanced resources;
- to offer an integrated, professional and consistent level of support;
- to improve the data products delivered by European facilities;
- to extend the opportunities of the access to users of EC Associated Countries.
Eu-ARTECH offers access to:
- AGLAE, a single high-level infrastructure located in Paris at the
Flore Pavilion of the Palais du Louvre (CNRS-C2RMF), where
non-destructive elemental composition studies are carried out with high
sensitivity and precision, in a unique environment of art-historians,
restorers and scientists having a large expertise on artwork studies
II - MOLAB, a unified group of joint
infrastructures, located in Firenze and Perugia (UNI-PG, CNR-ICVBC,
OPD, INOA), where a unique collection of portable instrumentations,
together with competences on methods and materials, is available for
in-situ non-destructive measurements. The access is devoted to artwork
studies and/or evaluation of conservation-restoration methods, directly
in a museum room, or on the scaffold of a restoration workshop or in an
• Who can apply.
• How to apply.
• Financial Support.
• Proposal Selection.
• Structure and Services of the research infrastructure.
• Call for Proposals.
• Proposal Forms.
Request of access to AGLAE and MOLAB can be presented by European users through the modality described below (see: call for proposals), using the specific proposal forms.
The request consists of a research proposal which is evaluated and
selected by an international Peer Review committee. The users of the
selected proposals, once criteria of eligibiliy are satisfied, obtain
free access to the awarded facility, including infrastructure and
logistical support, scientific and technical support, and (in case of
AGLAE) travel and subsistence grants. In case of MOLAB, the
in-situ intervention of the "mobile laboratory" is fully supported by
• Who can apply
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. Each user group is led by a user
Typical users are European
conservation scientists or conservators who usually carry out studies
on materials of artworks and their alterations, or curators and
conservators/restorers, belonging to public or private
institutions, carrying out studies on execution techniques of
artworks or on the artwork conservation states.
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Iceland, Israel,
Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
Eligible user groups:
user group leader and the majority (i.e. 50% or more) of the users must
be employed by public or private institutions within Member States or
-the user group leader and the majority (i.e.
50% or more) of the users must be employed by institutions in a country
other than the country where the legal entity operating the
infrastructure is established (i.e. French users cannot apply for AGLAE
and Italian users cannot apply for MOLAB, within this programme);
-the user cannot apply for travel and subsistence support to access his/her own facility through this programme.
• How to apply
applicants are called to fill the experiment proposal and the funding
application form to be downloaded and sent to the respective
responsibles for AGLAE and MOLAB (see: call for proposals).
In the form, applicants are asked to indicate :
-a short description of the work;
-a clear and concise description of the objectives of the experiment, indicating the expected results;
-the requested techniques;
-the foreseen duration of the experiment;
-the wished period.
• Financial Support
Applicants to AGLAE can ask for travel and subsistence support through the appropriate Form to be filled in.
to MOLAB obtain the MOLAB intervention with expenses fully covered
by the EC. Before any MOLAB intervention, the user must ensure,
through contacts with MOLAB responsibles, that all the necessary
scaffoldings, tables, electrical supplies, and all other facilities,
are offered to the MOLAB operators (agreements are established with the
MOLAB operators by e-mail, before any intervention).
• Proposal Selection
and MOLAB have specific selection panels. The panels are advisory
program committees in charge to referee the different proposals. They
consist of four members, one of whom is affiliated to the access
institutes and three are external experts, recognised for their
expertise on chemical and physical applications to the conservation of
cultural heritage. The selection panels meet shortly after each of the
two foreseen semestral deadlines (usually November 20th and May 20th).
Proposals submitted are evaluated purely on scientific merit and technical feasibility.
a user presents a proposal, help is available, especially for new or
inexperienced users. In particular, support scientists are available by
e-mail to advise on the technical feasibility of projects before they
are submitted. This help ensures that the proposals generated by new
users are not downgraded, simply on the basis of errors or
misconceptions in the technical aspects. New users whose proposals have
not been positively evaluated are asked to re-submit, after taking into
account the comments made by the selection panel.
The titles of the projects that are approved and are eligible for Eu-ARTECH TA support are published in the Eu-ARTECH website.
a proposal is reviewed and evaluated, the result is communicated to the
user's group leader. In addition, feedbacks with respect to the
possible scheduling times are provided.
• Structure and Services of the research infrastructure
• Call for Proposals• Proposal Forms
enable the Commission to evaluate the Research Infrastructures Action,
to monitor the individual contracts, and to improve the services
provided to the scientific community, each Group Leader of a
user-project supported under an EC Research Infrastructure contract is
requested to complete a questionnaire.
The questionnaire must be submitted once by each user group as soon as the experiments on the infrastructure come to end.
ONLINE - Complete the EC questionnaire online.