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Open Science in Horizon 2020: Can you afford not to?


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What is Open Science, why do public research funders care, and how can you as an applicant use it to get ahead of the competition?

Horizon 2020 now mandates that Open Science is part of the Knowledge Transfer and Communication Strategies of each research project in order to support the Innovation Union's ambitions towards research fueled innovation and growth.

The presentation introduces the concept to potential Horizon 2020 applicants.

The work is funded by FP7 FOSTER (

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Open Science in Horizon 2020: Can you afford not to?

  1. 1. “Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional.”
  2. 2. Research & Innovation Two (very vocal!) Commissioners on Open Access think so too: • Vice-President Neelie Kroes • Digital Agenda Digital single market • Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn • Research & Innovation European Research Area (ERA) & Innovation Union
  3. 3. Bryn Nelson, Nature 10 Sept 2009
  4. 4. … and the rest ?
  5. 5. Why Open Science ?
  6. 6. Excellent science Industrial leadership Societal challenges 1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing 2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy 3. Secure, clean and efficient energy 4. Smart, green and integrated transport 5. Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials 6. Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies 7. Secure societies EGI Community Cross-cuts all SocChallenges
  7. 7. Grant Agreement Article 29.I - VI Source: /participants/data/ref/h2020 /grants_manual/amga/h202 0-amga_en.pdf
  8. 8. What is “Article 29.I – VI” all about? Source:
  9. 9. Complying with Horizon 2020 while getting funded ? 1. Excellence: Objectives Relevance to WorkProgram Concept & Approach Ambition min 3/5 POINTS 2. Impact: Expected impact to WorkProgram Maximise Impact (Open Access & Open Data) min 3/5 POINTS 3. Implementation: Workplan & Management Consortium & Resources min 3/5 POINTS
  10. 10. Complying with Horizon 2020 while getting funded ? • 2. IMPACT (min 3/5 points): 2.1 Expected impact to WorkProgram - expected impacts set out in the work programme - delivering innovations to the markets - socially important impacts 2.2 Maximise Impact (Open Access & Open Data) - plan for results dissemination and exploitation - research data management for verification & re-use - knowledge strategy management & Open Access … for public and societal engagement!
  11. 11. Is there any evidence that Open Science leads to economic benefits? Source: Houghton, J., Swan, A. & Brown, S. Access to research and technical information in Denmark. (2011) 19% of the processes developed would have been delayed or abandoned without access to research a 2.2 years delay would cost around EUR 5 million per firm in lost sales
  13. 13. FUNDERS: National & EC Academic Staff Today`s Graduate Student Scientist of Tomorrow Project Managers INSTITUTIONS Knowledge Managers
  14. 14. FP7 FOSTER (Science in Society) Duaration: 2014-2015 (24 months) Eloy Rodrigues, Un. Minho FOSTER Coordinator Petr Knoth, Open University Research Associate WP3 Leader e-Learning Platform Iryna Kuchma, eIFL WP4 Leader Training Ivo Grigorov, DTU Aqua FP7 Project Manager, WP2 Lead Content & Validation Birgit Schmidt, Un. Goettingen FP7 OpenAIRE Project Officer & WP5 Leader Networking Jose Carvalho, Un. Minho FOSTER Project Manager