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EC – Horizon 2020 requirements

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What does the EC expect under Horizon 2020?
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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION STAGE? Yes – a new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Other projects are invited to submit a Data Management Plan if relevant for their planned research. A detailed description and scope of the Open Research Data Pilot requirements is provided on the Participants Portal. 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
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Yes, costs will be reimbursed to projects participating in the pilot*.
  • DATA DEPOSIT AND TIMESCALES: Data must be deposited in an appropriate repository; useful listings of research data repositories include the Registry of Research Data Repositories. In addition, it is expected that the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE) will become an entry point for linking publications to underlying research data.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: Participating 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. One straightforward and effective way of doing this is to attach a Creative Commons Licence (CC-BY or the CC0 waiver) to the data deposited.
  • * See the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 (PDF). The scope of Pilot is also indicated in the introduction to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. The Pilot on Open Research Data will be monitored throughout Horizon 2020 with a view to further developing EC policy on open research.

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.