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FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot webinar: recording and slides

Over 100 researchers, project coordinators, research administrators and librarians from 22 countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK) attended the OpenAIRE webinar led by Pablo de Castro, from LIBER, to collect an update on the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot.

The European Commission has launched the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot earlier this year to fund Open Access publishing fees for publications arising from finished FP7 projects through the OpenAIRE project. This Pilot provides funding for both Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for FP7 projects up to two years after they end. This initiative means an additional instrument https://www.openaire.eu/postgrantoapilot to improve access to research results from FP7 projects, but does not affect authors' choice on how their project publications are made Open Access.

According to the report released recently, the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot is gradually taking off: as of September 30th, 52 funding requests have already been granted by this Pilot to researchers and projects across Europe and beyond. However, there are still numerous EU countries where no funding requests have arrived from so far.

The webinar covered the Pilot’s basic features, technical requirements, early results, useful tips and other criteria for funding requests including the following:

  • How the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot works;
  • How organizations can work with LIBER and OpenAIRE in order to support the Pilot implementation;
  • How to use the central service at https://postgrantoapilot.openaire.eu/ for collecting and processing funding requests for Open Access publishing fees developed by Athena Research Centre and the University of Athens; and
  • How to ensure that working procedures are appropriately aligned across institutions in different countries.
The webinar recording can be viewed here.

And slides can be seen here.