EC, Horizon 2020

(but not ERC)

In the Horizon 2020 framework program the EC has set itself the goal of promoting the availability of research data following the motto “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”. To this end, the Open Research Data Pilot has been established.

From January 1, 2017, the pilot has been extended to all research areas: any researcher applying for funding from the Horizon2020 Framework Programme from January 1, 2017 is required to draft a data management protocol, unless the researcher explicitly indicates that he/she wants a full or partial opt-out from the pilot. Such an opt-out should be motivated.

The following research data management guidelines apply for the Open Research Data Pilot.

Researchers who submit a research proposal are invited to include a section on data management in their proposal. If funding has been granted, researchers participating in the Open Research Data Pilot should draw up a data management plan. A first version of this plan must be submitted within six months after the start of the project. The data management plan should include how data is archived, what kind of data are generated during the research project, and how data are made suitable for reuse.

Horizon2020 funding awarded before January 1, 2017

Researchers that have received funding before January 1, 2017 within the following research areas automatically participate in the pilot data :

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Information and Communication Technologies
  • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology: ‘nanosafety’ and ‘modelling’ topics
  • Societal Challenge: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy - selected topics in the calls H2020-SFS-2016/2017, H2020-BG-2016/2017, H2020-RUR-2016/2017 and H2020-BB-2016/2017, as specified in the work programme
  • Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials – except raw materials
  • Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
  • Science with and for Society
  • Cross-cutting activities - focus areas – part Smart and Sustainable Cities

For researchers who participate in the pilot within the above research areas, the same guidelines as above apply. Researchers in other research areas are strongly encouraged to participate in the Open Research Data Pilot.

How can RDM Support help you?
For examples of completed data management sections and data management plans, or support in writing or reviewing a data management plan, please contact Leon Osinksi or Sjef Öllers at the IEC via