ASPERA-2 (AStroParticle ERA-net) was a European network of institutions coordinating and financing research within the field of Astroparticle Physics. Astroparticle Physics is a field of research where particle physics, astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology converge. It addresses the fundamental questions like the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the physics of the Big Bang, the stability of protons, the properties of neutrinos and their role in cosmic evolution, the interior of the Sun or supernovae as seen with neutrinos, the origin of cosmic rays, the nature of the Universe at extreme energies and violent cosmic processes as seen with gravitational waves.

It was launched in 2006 within the ERA-NET scheme of the European Commission. With its objectives covering all aspects of a major research endeavour (networking of agencies, creating an interface for exchanging knowledge with fields other than astroparticle physics, development of projects and strategies, funding research, facilitating communication etc.),  the main achievements of ASPERA have been the development of the European strategy for Astroparticle Physics and the preparation of a roadmap for this research field. ASPERA-2 terminated its activities in 2012.

The NCN joined ASPERA-2 in 2011 and participated in the organisation of a call for proposals Targeted R&D and design studies in view of realisation of future Astroparticle Physics research infrastructures.

Call for proposals

Future neutrino detectors and third generation interferometers the Einstein Telescope (closed)

This call is the third of a series of common calls for R&D and design studies for the realisation of future Astroparticle infrastructures identified in the ASPERA Roadmap and is targeted towards future neutrino detectors and third generation interferometers (the Einstein Telescope).

Research team: composed of research teams from at least 3 countries participating in the call

Countries participating in the call:

Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom

Project duration: up to 3 years

NCN budget for the call: € 300 000


Application deadline: 3rd of September 2013

Final results: May 2013                   

Call documents:

Eligibility criteria (Polish only).

Call text

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Polish project awarded within the call:

Networking and R&D for the Einstein Telescope

Polish PI: prof. Tomasz Bulik (University of Warsaw), leader of the Polish consortium: University of Warsaw, Warsaw University of Technology; University of Zielona Góra; University of Białystok; Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences; Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Partners: J. v.d. Brand (National Insitute for Subatomic Physics, the Netherlands), H. Lueck (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Albert Einstein Institute, Germany), V. Rudenko (Moscow State University, Institute of Nuclear Research Russian Academy of Science, Russia), V.V. Kuzminow (Russian Academy of Science, Russia), A. Freise (Birmingham University, UK), I. Martin (University of Glasgow, UK), B.S. Sathyaprakash (Cardiff University, UK), S. Reid (University of the West Scotland, UK),  M. Punturo (European Gravitational Observatory, Italy), F. Ricci (University di Roma La Sapienza, Italy), F. Barone (INFN Napoli, Italy), C. Bradaschia (INFN Pisa, Italy), R. Flaminio (CNRS, France),  T. Regimbau (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France), I. Racz, G. Papp (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)


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