A novelty in Horizon 2020 is the Open Research Data Pilot which aims to improve and maximize access to and re-use of research data generated by projects. Research data should be “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”, as stated in the Guidelines for FAIR Data Management in H2020. It will be monitored with a view to developing the European Commission policy on open research data in future Framework Programmes. Opting out – fully or in part – is possible before and during the project, but needs justification.

Starting from 2017 participating in the pilot will be the default option, although the call’s opening date is leading in determining if your project falls under the pilot.

Requirements are to:

The pilot applies to

Please note that costs related to open access to research data in Horizon 2020 are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project under the conditions defined in the H2020 Grant Agreement: they must already be budgeted and accepted in the grant proposal, and note the “during the duration of the project”. For budgeting the costs of data management, you can open this webpage for support

See also: OpenAIRE Open Research Data Pilot Factsheet


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Related Documents:

Fact Sheet: Open Access in Horizon 2020
Fact Sheet for Project Officers in Horizon 2020
Fact Sheet for Project Coordinators in Horizon 2020
Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020
Multi-beneficiary General Model Grant Agreement