Open Data Pilot in Horizon 2020 - EC funded projects
Briefing paper for Researchers, Project Officers and Project Coordinators participating in the
EC Open Data Pilot in Horizon 2020.
Horizon 2020: Open Data Pilot
A novelty in Horizon 2020 is the Open Research Data Pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use
of research data generated by projects. Participants will be required to deposit their data and enable access for third
parties. The creation and use of Data Management Plans is an integral part of this pilot project.
The Pilot on Open Research Data will be monitored throughout Horizon 2020 with a view to further developing EC
policy on open research.
The Open Research Data Pilot applies to two types of data:
Step 1: Participating projects are required to deposit the research data described above, preferably into a research
Step 2: As far as possible, projects must then take measures to enable for third parties to access, mine, exploit,
reproduce and disseminate (free of charge for any user) this research data.
Scope of the Pilot
For the 2014-2015 Work Programme, the areas of Horizon 2020 that participate in the Open Research Data Pilot are:
This corresponds to about €3 billion or 20% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget in 2014 and 2015.
The data, including associated metadata,
needed to validate the results presented in
scientific publications as soon as possible;
Incentives / supporting measures: Costs relating to the implementation of the pilot will be eligible.
Specific technical and professional support services will also be provided (e-Infrastructures WP).
Other data, including associated metadata, as
specified and within the deadlines laid down
in the data management plan.
Future and Emerging
Research infrastructures –
Leadership in enabling and
– Information and
Societal Challenge:‚Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy‘ – part Smart cities and communities
Resource Efficiency and
Raw materials‘ – except raw
in a changing world –
inclusive, innovative and
Science with and for Society
Total or partial opting out of the Pilot Action on
Open Research Data
Projects may at any stage opt out of the Pilot for a
variety of reasons, namely:
At the proposal stage, the information provided is not
part of the evaluation. Proposals will not be evaluated
more favourably because they are part of the Pilot
and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
Voluntary participation in the Pilot on Open
Areas or subareas of, or individual projects funded
under Horizon 2020 and not covered by the scope
of the Pilot outlined above may participate in the
pilot on a voluntary basis. The project consortia that
decide to participate in the Pilot on a voluntary basis
will include article 29.3 in their grant agreement and
will be monitored along with and receive the same
support as all other projects participating in the Pilot.
Data Management Plans
The creation and use of Data Management Plans
(DMP’s) is an integral part of this pilot project.
A DMP is a document outlining how the research
data collected or generated will be handled during a
research project, and after it is completed. It should
I need more information
The OpenAIRE infrastructure is funded by the EC
to support its OA policy and rules. OpenAIRE can
provide you with more information about the Open
help you to comply. The OpenAIRE project has local
representatives in all EU countries incl. Switzerland,
Norway and Turkey (the National Open Access
Desks or NOADs). You can contact them directly or
ask a question through our helpdesk system.
For more information and contact details, please
The legal requirements for projects participating in
this pilot are contained in the optional article 29.3
of the Model 9 Grant Agreement. Other relevant
information, such as the scope of the Pilot, is
provided in the introduction to the Horizon 2020
• incompatibility with the Horizon 2020
obligation to protect results if they can
reasonably be expected to be commercially
or industrially exploited;
• incompatibility with the need for
confidentiality in connection with security
• incompatibility with existing rules
concerning the protection of personal data;
• if participation in the Pilot on Open Research
Data would jeopardise the achievement of
the main aim of the action;
• if the project will not generate / collect any
• if there are other legitimate reason to not
take part in the Pilot (at proposal stage – free
text box provided).
• Data set reference and name
• Data set description
• Standards and metadata
• Reference to existing suitable standards
of the discipline. If these do not exist, an
outline on how and what metadata will be
• Data sharing
• Archiving and preservation (including
storage and backup)