Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy

Horizon 2020

OPTICON Horizon 2020 - Transnational Access

Within the OPTICON contract, its Trans-National Access programme is moving towards even greater integration and coordination of the participating telescopes. As part of this move, the funding for the programme has been pooled, and the proposals for OPTICON time at all the telescopes are being reviewed together by a single international Time Allocation Committee (TAC) to ensure network-wide competition and uniform review criteria.

The network comprises 17 distinct telescopes in a size range from 0.6 to 4 metres. These offer a mixture of classically scheduled PI projects, some queue scheduled observing where this is a normal operational mode of the telescope in question and a number of robotic telescopes well suited to both monitoring and quick reaction alert type observations.


The process is open to all European Union astronomers, and to none EU astronomers if certain conditions are met, provided that they do not have automatic access to the faciliites via national mechanisms. Proposals are ranked on scientific merit but special consideration is given to proposers who have no suitable national facilities which they can use.

There are two calls for proposal each year, see the latest call page for more details. Call 2017B (Now Closed)

The WP leader is John Davies (UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh)

The H2020 Call for Proposals 2017B has now closed. See the Call page for information only. The next Call will open in early August 2017.


John K. Davies (STFC) -