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Basic Features

  1. Four (4) million Euros are being provided by the EC to support Open Access publications arising from FP7 projects finished no longer than two years ago at funding request submission time*.

  2. Only publications that are invoiced after end of the project (and are therefore not eligible for reimbursement from the project budget) are eligible for funding from this Pilot.

  3. Only projects included in the FP7 CORDA project database will be funded. In case there are requests from EU funded projects not in the database, their eligibility will be checked with the European Commission (DG CONNECT).

  4. A maximum of three (3) publications per project will be funded provided they meet the technical requirements described below. Funded document types will include research articles, monographs, book chapters and conference proceedings. Data papers and software papers are considered research articles for the purpose of this Pilot.

  5. A central funding request and monitoring system will be available at https://postgrantoapilot.openaire.eu for researchers from eligible FP7 projects to request funding for their publications. Requests will be processed following the order of submission to such system. These requests can be directly made by researchers themselves or – preferably – by mediating institutional services such as the Library or the Research Office where a verification of the eligibility criteria for the publication to be funded can be made in advance. In case the funding request is directly made by a researcher, the eligibility criteria and the invoicing will be centrally managed by OpenAIRE.

  6. The pilot will run until the funding is exhausted, but for no longer than two years (until the end of April 2017). Reports on the use of the funding will periodically be made available in the meantime.

*Given that the official start date of the OpenAIRE2020 project is 1 of January 2015, the FP7 project eligibility time-window will be applied with a certain degree of flexibility, especially to those projects finished between the 1st of January and the 30th of April 2013.