The Facility Access SysTem (FAST) is a web-based application that enables the storage of information related to facility access, and manages the facility access application and review process.
Facility access involves a researcher conducting science at a research facility other than the one they’re working at themselves. This access can be trans-national (across borders) or trans-institute (across institutes). A researcher can visit the facility themselves (physical access) or sends a sample for analysis by the facility (remote service).
Facility access typically entails short-term access, often free-of-charge, to world-class research facilities, to foster collaborations and exchanges of experiences. Facility access aims to encourage open science and innovation, and to increase the efficient and effective use of scientific instrumentation.
The aim of FAST is to reduce the workload of the involved actors by simplifying and automating the facility access procedures. A typical facility access cycle consists of the following steps:
You can find more information about facility access, working with FAST, and submitting your proposal on the FAQ page.