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AHEAD 2020 – Announcement of Opportunity Cycle 1

The AHEAD2020 (Integrated Activities for High Energy Astrophysics) project has been funded under the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructure Program. The AHEAD2020 main goal is to integrate and open research infrastructures for high energy and multi-messenger astrophysics. They offer a wide program of transnational access (TNA) to the best European test and calibration facilities and training/mentoring on X-ray data analysis and computational astrophysics at AHEAD2020 astronomical institutes and data centres. Moreover, they offer the possibility for scientists and engineers at all expertise levels to visit European institutes of their choice through their visitor program call. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by specific AHEAD2020 selection panels and ranked according to their merit. The access costs for the selected facility will be covered by AHEAD2020 as well as travel costs and daily allowances for the successful applicants.

The AHEAD2020 calls for a program of transnational visits and remote access activities to be performed starting April 2021. The main objectives are:

  1. fostering new or strengthening existing collaborations on science and technology topics  in high energy astrophysics (visitor program);
  2. providing training and/or mentoring on high energy data analysis, use of advanced tools , computational astrophysics and multi messenger astronomy;
  3. providing free access to some of the best European ground test and calibration facilities relevant for high-energy astrophysics.

Visitor grants include full reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses. To face possible restrictions to travel as effect of the pandemic, the possibility of remote access for a number of services in the area of data analysis, tools and computational astrophysics will be provided.

For further information and links to the AO-1 calls:

AO-1 Calls Opening:         11 January 2021
Submission Deadline:      22 February 2021(**)

** For activities concerning access to experimental facilities, submission will remain open and proposals can be submitted anytime until August 2023; they will be evaluated typically within one month from delivery.