Pilot Launched: Funding Open Access for Post-Grant FP7 Publications

goldfp7European researchers to benefit from €4m fund to cover the costs of Open Access publishing for post grant FP7 publications

Launching in Spring 2015, a pilot aimed at stimulating publishing in Open Access journals in Europe will provide funding to cover all or part of the costs of post-grant open access publishing arising from projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The pilot forms part of the EU-funded OpenAIRE2020 project.

The Pilot

Opportunities for academic publications usually arise towards the end of, or after, the project has finished. The acceptance and peer review process can also delay publication, making it difficult to ensure that the cost of post-grant open access publications are incurred during the funding period of the project. By making 4 million euro of funding available to cover the cost of publications arising from FP7 projects up to 2 years after the project has ended, this pilot is a first step in addressing this gap. Up to three peer-reviewed research articles per project may be funded. Other types of peer-reviewed publications, such as books, will also be considered.

The development of the pilot will be coordinated by LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries. LIBER will work closely with the European Commission, OpenAIRE, publishers, libraries, institutions and other stakeholders in order to define guidelines and workflows which will maximise the impact of this post-grant open access fund.

Evidence will also be gathered from the pilot and other sources in order to produce a report on the arising open access publishing landscape and to deliver a vision of what a sustainable and competitive market for open access publishing should look like. This analysis will, among other relevant aspects, look into the extent to which open access publishing has an impact on subscription expenses at institutions.


The main goals of the EC FP7 post-grant Open Access Pilot are:
  • to make it easier for researchers to access funding for open access publication;
  • to define workflows for the processing of research outputs released via the post-grant Open Access route, including guidelines for Article Processing Charge (APC) management;
  • to align these with emerging national and institutional mechanisms.
Through the monitoring of these workflows, insights will be gained which will help to make these processes more efficient and increase the impact of open access funding. By aligning and matching the data collected in the Pilot to the existing data in OpenAIRE, visibility and accessibility of the publications funded by the pilot will also be ensured by encouraging simultaneous deposit in compliant repositories. 

More information and contact

Natalia Manola, OpenAIRE Project Manager

Pablo de Castro, Open Access Officer, LIBER

Receive updates and facts on the Gold OA FP7 post-grant pilot.

About OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE provides a technical infrastructure to support the Open Access policy of the European Commission. The initiative consists of a network of professionals from research libraries, technical research centres, as well as scholarly communications and open science experts who work together to make European research outputs visible and open to all. www.openaire.eu

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