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If you have European Commission funding for a project under Framework 7, it is likely that you need to make your work openly accessible as an essential condition of your grant.

We are a European Commission project, OpenAIRE, set up to offer help and advice as to how Project Coordinators can fulfil this obligation. We are emailing all UK-based projects to alert project Project Coordinators to this condition of their grant funding and to offer help and advice.

If you are familiar with open access and similar research-grant mandates, then you may know that you can make your work openly accessible through on-line repositories, or through open access journals. Details of European funding requirements are given below.

If you are unfamiliar with open access, then you might find our introduction to open access useful.

FP7 EU-funded Projects

If you are the recipient of FP7 funding in one of the selected subject areas of:

  • Energy;
  • Environment (including Climate Change);
  • Health
  • Information & Communication Technologies (Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics);
  • Research Infrastructures (e-Infrastructures);
  • Science in Society; and Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities,

then the European Research Council (ERC) aims to make the research outcomes resulting from your FP7 research as widely disseminated and freely accessible as possible through Open Access dissemination.

Grant requirements

The EC-ERC thus requires all FP7 researchers who signed their funding agreements after August 2008 to guarantee that they will endeavour to make their publications or final peer-reviewed manuscripts Open Access within a maximum of 6 months after publication date, and up to 12 months for research carried out in the areas "Science in Society" and "Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities". This requirement is found in Clause 39 of the FP7 grant contracts.

OpenAIRE Project

To that end, the ERC has set up the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe - OpenAIRE , which provides the support and infrastructure to enable FP7 researchers to fulfil the EC-ERC's requirements that they deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts and/or post-prints either in an institutional repository or a subject-based repository (e.g. ArXiv, REPEC).

How do I do it?

You will need to deposit your materials in an open access repository. If you are unclear as to how to use one, or uncertain as to the apporpriate repository to use then see our guidance below. If you cannot easily locate a repository at your institution, and you decide to upload your publication to the OpenAIRE Repository, this will redirect you to your institution's repository, should it have one, otherwise you can go ahead and deposit a copy into the OpenAire Repository. You can also consult OpenDOAR, which is a registry of all existing institutional open access repositories, worldwide.

Making Data open access too

The EC-ERC extends the OA requirement for FP7 researchers to their primary data too: they are encouraged to upload such data to relevant data repositories immediately after the close of project or no later than 6 months after the date of publication.

Making your repository OpenAIRE compliant

There are three steps to making your repository OpenAIRE compliant: make your repository OpenAIRE compliant; validate your repository and register your repository. More information can be found here.

More information

More information for UK FP7 researchers and project coordinators can be obtained from openaire@nottingham.ac.uk. Support is also provided through the OpenAIRE European Helpdesk System.

See also our supplementary pages and documents:

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