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Legal and Financial Aspects of Horizon 2020

Open Research 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. It will be monitored with a view to developing the European Commission policy on open research data in future Framework Programmes.

The core areas of Horizon 2020 participating in the Open Research Data Pilot are:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies;
  • Research infrastructures (part e-Infrastructures);
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (part ICT);
  • Societal Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy (part Smart cities and communities);
  • Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials (with the exception of raw materials topics);
  • Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies;
  • Science with and for Society.

The Open Research Data Pilot applies to two types of data:

  • The data, including associated metadata , needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications as soon as possible;
  • Other data, including associated metadata, as specified and within the deadlines laid down in a data management plan (DMPs).
Costs relating to the implementation of the pilot will be reimbursed as well.

More detailed information can be found on the Fact sheet Open Access and in the Guidelines Open Access.