The Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for Astronomy (OPTICON) is a transnational access programme to fund collaborative use of telescope facilities across Europe. Users can therefore apply through OPTICON to use our instruments when their announcement of opportunity is given. The OPTICON project is supported by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

User groups from EU Member States and Associated States, meeting EC criteria of eligibility, who are awarded observing time under this access programme via the common OPTICON TAC, will receive free access to our instruments, as well as scientific and technical support to carry out the observations.

Eligible users will be notified before the observing run is scheduled about this funding opportunity. Applications from new users, young researchers and users from countries with no similar research infrastructures are strongly encouraged.

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