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The European Commission updated its Research and Innovation performance and Horizon 2020 country participation section in February 2018 with research-related data and recent success stories on projects. Let’s find out the success stories of seven featured projects in the OpenAIRE portal; EUROfusion project, RD-Connect project, ATLANTOS project, Oppla platform, MIROR project, PACMAN project and CERES project. Did you know? Every Horizon 2020 project has a project page on the OpenAIRE portal, linking data, project information and publications together and making reporting easier.  

You can download all research output in a CSV file or download specific statistics; use an API and embed the list of your publications and other data in your project page. All project output are automatically imported in the CORDIS portal and the EC Participant Portal for reporting.  

Below are seven featured projects from the OpenAIRE portal and their success stories.

1. EUROfusion project

Nuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problem. This is why EUROfusion project investigates it. EUROfusion project is the top project in publications on the OpenAIRE portal - there are 935 publications - most of them open access publications - and there are three open access data sets. Check out The magnetic appeal of fusion technology, EUROfusion’s success story.


2. RD-Connect project

Most rare diseases are linked to specificities of the patients' genes - but what these are, exactly, remains to be determined for the vast majority of these illnesses. Tackling this challenge, an EU-funded platform RD-Connect facilitates research on rare diseases by connecting databases, patient registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics data into a central resource for researchers worldwide. RD-Connect project is on the 15th position in publications on the OpenAIRE portal with 90 publications (96% of them are open access publications). Read the project success story Rare diseases, precious data: global platform connects researchers and view a short video about the project as a whole.


Buoys, floats, moorings and research vessels, to name just a few examples - data about the state of the Atlantic is collected by a number of means and a profusion of actors, who could jointly produce even better results, if they applied a common strategy. EU-funded researchers from ATLANTOS project are driving the development of an integrated system. 96% of 75 project publications are open access. More details can be found in the project success story An integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean.  

4. Oppla platform

Oppla, an online platform dedicated to natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions, was launched in September 2016 by two EU-funded research projects OPENNESS and OPERAS. It has been growing rapidly and will soon be going global. All OPENNESS project publications - 21 of them - are open access. And 80% of OPERAS 25 publications are open access. Check out the project success story Need a nature-based solution? Try Oppla!

5. MIROR project

Billions of euros are wasted every year on research that is redundant, flawed, never published or poorly reported. The EU-funded project MIROR aims to reduce this waste and ensure money invested in medical research is well spent on achieving results that matter to people. All 22 project publications are open access. More details can be found in the project success story Refining medical research methods for better results.  


6. PACMAN Project

The next generation of particle colliders will demand unprecedented precision in the alignment of their components. EU-funded researchers from the PACMAN project - A Study on Particle Accelerator Components Metrology and Alignment to the Nanometre scale - have pushed the limits with new techniques for the accurate positioning of scientific equipment. All nine project publications are open access. Read the project success story The precise nature of CERN’s planned 50-km particle beam.


7. CERES Project

Will oysters be able to survive climate change and the expected rise of water temperatures in seas and oceans across the globe? The CERES project - Climate change and European aquatic resources - brings you the answers. All nine project publications are open access. Read the project success story Fish in a new climate