Final opportunity for industry and academic researchers to benefit from free access to over 30 marine biological stations and infrastructures

Researchers from industry and academia are invited to apply for free access to facilities and research services at more than 30 international institutions. Funded by the European Union, the ASSEMBLE Plus supports researchers from industry and academia by providing access to facilities and research services at more than 30 partner institutes. The objective of this programme is to enable supports researchers to carry out their own research projects using platforms and marine biological resources not available in their own home institutes. The initiative helps participants, to enhance their skills, create new collaborations andwhile establishing newcontribute to scientific understanding and collaborations.

Since January 2018, The ASSEMBLE Plus Transnational Access (TA) programme has received so far more than 300 project proposals from European and non-European researchers. Projects have covered a wide range of marine research, including molecular biology, ecology and biochemistry, and their many and many success stories highlight the value of this opportunity. 

Colin Ingham, CEO from of Dutch biotechnology company, Hoekmine BV, received an ASSEMBLE Plus TA award to work reflected on his experience with Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, and the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, UK. Commenting on the value of the award, he said, stating:

“ASSEMBLE Plus gave us access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to us as a SME. Through our engagement with the programme, we were able to obtain and isolate structural-coloured marine bacteria. We use these brightly coloured colonies, which generate colour from nanostructures like the feathers of a peacock, for the purposes of creating colour in textiles, paints and cosmetics.

The work performed within the project will contribute to a publication on the molecular genomics of structural colour (in preparation). Some of the strains were used to create works of art exhibited in Dutch Design Week, London Design Week and other international exhibitions”

The next current call of the ASSEMBLE Plus Transnational Access (TA) programme opened on 10th February 2020. The programme award covers access costs for your project for up to 30 days, in addition to travel, accommodation and meal expenses for up to two researchers per projectand up to two persons per project can ask for sponsorship for their travel, accommodation and meals costs.

For access duringTo access ASSEMBLE Plus partner institutions from August 2020 to January 2021, applications are due by 24th April 2020. This is expected to be the last call for the TA programme and therefore the final opportunity for researchers to benefit from funding within the scheme.

For more information about the TA programme, previous award holders, eligibility or the application process, If you are interested in learning more about the TA programme and applying, please visit or get in touch with our access officer at

Source: AquaTT

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