The NFFA-Europe nanolabs co-located with analytical large scale facilities (ALSFs) provide over 80 techniques (www.nffa.eu/offer
) in the four installations now including the outcome of Joint Research Activities (JRA). A Single Entry Point (SEP) (www.nffa.eu/new-application
) gives access to the catalogue and is supported by the user guide (www.nffa.eu/apply/
) covering all eligibility criteria for academic and industrial proposals (recently updated to spur the participation of SMEs, theory applicants, proposals for joint synchrotron and neutron access). The Technical Liaison Network (TLNet) assesses the feasibility of the proposals and assigns the most suitable access node or optimum combination of nodes. An independent Access Review Panel ranks the scientific merit. Those successful proposals are granted TA with travel and subsistence covered within limits, upon acceptance of the access rules (https://nffa.eu/media/84241/user_declaration_to_be_signed_2017.pdf
). Users and Transnational Access (TA) providers compile a report on every access. Nine calls have been evaluated to date, with an average of 33 proposals/call and 64% success rate. The TLNet is the backbone of NFFA-Europe, providing skills and technical information across the NFFA-Europe multidisciplinary and multi-site RI; its hub in Trieste coordinates the experts at each NFFA-Europe core sites. An ICT platform shares and updates information on all the technical aspects of user proposals, keeps updated the catalogue of the SEP, monitors the effective availability and booking of each instrument, and offers an e-forum for pre-access users-TLNet interaction. The JRAs have developed and matured prototypes and new installations with strong overlap to TAs. In parallel to this, a number of cross-JRAs meetings are organized to cross-fertilize ideas, as in the case of the ‘shrinking buckyballs’ outcome. JRAs in NFFA-Europe are developing a close and collaborative cooperation with EUDAT. The first Information and Data Management Repository Platform (IDRP) for nanoscience comprises metadata standards developed in strong collaboration of NA and WP8 (JRA3) and promoted within the Research Data Alliance. The web interface deployed by NFFA-Europe is online and accessible from a Virtual Private Network (VPN). NFFA was announced in more than 40 conferences via oral contributions, posters or stands. Supporting materials (poster, brochure, roll-ups, videos) help the outreach actions and consolidate NFFA branding and identity. Three issues of a Newsletter and a full-page advertisement on Physics World Focus on Nanotechnology of the Institute of Physics were published. Two summer training schools were held respectively at the UAB campus in Barcelona (July 2016) and at CNR-IOM and Elettra premises in the Basovizza Campus, Trieste, Italy (July 2018, 31 attendees from 13 countries). Dedicated actions has been undertaken in order to better engage with industry (European Analytical Research Infrastructure Village (EARIV)) for teaming up among Analytical research infrastructures to better serve the industrial community. Receiving the recommendations conveyed in occasion of the Mid-term Action assessment by the external reviewer, specific initiatives have been undertaken to approach the community of nano-safety and nano-toxicology, and to increase notoriety by the general public.