Guides for Funders


  • What is at stake?

    Open access, open research data and open science require participatory and joined-up infrastructures in order to embed a culture of ‘open’ and ‘transparent’ in national funder and institutional policies.
  • Policies and Infrastructures go hand-in-hand. Why?

    There are many aspects related to Open Access which require a variety of accompanying aligned policies and efficient, interlinked infrastructures for a seamless Open Science environment. The information within these information rich infrastructures needs to be connected and interoperable to provide a free and instant access to scholarly communication outputs. OpenAIRE supports European funders with policy implementation actively supporting countries with national Open Access / Open Science policies and helping with EC directives.
  • Making informed decisions

    As a funder, your research outputs count. Are you aware how many open access publications your funding streams produce? How can you monitor these valuable research items? OpenAIRE provides a service for national funders to report on the outcomes of their work, and to help give an overview of scholarly output, to enable visibility to all stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with your requirements

    OpenAIRE is used by the EC and other funders to view the outcomes, publications, research data, software produced by the research groups it funds, as well as giving further visibility to these research objects via harvesting them into OpenAIRE.
  • Easy reporting for all

    In addition, OpenAIRE allows the researcher and/or administrator to gather the outcomes of their awards all in a single page in order to  simplify reporting.
  • What's on offer

    OpenAIRE has been working with the EC to gather together the open access publications of the FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding streams. For the first time, the EC can now view figures and detailed statistics on the research output associated with the funding that it provides. In turn this gives a figure for 'impact of funding', which can be viewed on the level of funding programme/stream/project. The services are currently being extended to include research data.

    We don’t stop there!
    We aggregate content from many different sources from Europe and beyond. We apply cleaning, transformation, disambiguation processes, and identify relationships among all research entities: publications, data, funding, researchers, organisations and data sources. Based on this linked information we are able to produce aggregated statistics tailored to the needs of funders or ministries. Take a look at the examples for FP7 or FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia). More complex reports (e.g., co-funding, correlations) are available on demand.

    What is the benefit?
    This will enable the information to cover all the European Research Area allowing for scientific output cross-linked with different funders to produce advanced statistics, e.g., co-funded research results, research trends, etc. Ultimately we aim to: a) to assist in the monitoring of open research results c) to reveal research clusters and trends for better return on investment for all European citizens. More Analytics and Trends Based on open protocols and agreements with repositories, we retrieve repository content (text in pdf or xml) and apply text mining algorithms to perform advanced research analytics. Using topic modeling mechanisms we discover hidden thematic structure in the OA scientific literature. We then extend this analysis to identify useful patterns, similarities, correlations trends and communities in order to get insight on national or funder specific programmes and schemes.

  • How can funders make a difference?

    As a funder you can support the scholarly communication environment via these concrete steps:
    • Support repositories to include funding information in their bibliographic metadata. This helps join up systems!
    • As a funder expose basic and public information (i.e. Funder name/project id) to repositories.
    • If this happens, everything can be streamlined. Results can be automatically monitored and reported back to funders.
  • How can I join?

    OpenAIRE has a number of Take a look at the existing funders in our system. Read our Stakeholder Guide for Funders for how you can join. We only require a limited metadata set.

    OpenAIRE would like to use a 'very limited' set of metadata fields from funders, no personal or private details are needed, e.g. no people's names, budget details:

    • FUNDER NAME (MANDATORY), e.g. Wellcome Trust, EC
    • FUNDING STREAM(S) (OPTIONAL) – funding categories for more detailed statistics
  • More information on policy creation?

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