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For Funding Agencies

Funding-Agencies-IconFind out how to align to European policies and use the OpenAIRE services.
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1 - Where to find guidelines for Open Access policy development for Funding Organizations?

The Guidelines for implementing Open Access policies, released  on December 2013 and produced by the EC-funded project “Mediterranean Open Access Network” (www.medoanet.eu) provides a concise and targeted guidance for a harmonized approach towards policy development.

Amongst other targeted guidelines, the MedOANET project delivered guidelines for Research Funders, where you can find information specifically on:

  • the main concepts and issues with respect to open access,
  • the major steps that are necessary in the process of policy development,
  • the important components of an institutional and funder policy,
  • model policies for research performing and research funding organizations
  • best practices in policy development for research performing and research funding organizations.


Check out PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) project Advocacy Resources. PASTEUR4OA develops and/or reinforces open access strategies and policies at the national level and facilitates their coordination among all Member States.

2 - What do we need from funders?

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

3 - Why does OpenAIRE want national funding information?

OpenAIRE supports the open access policy of the EC. This means that it gathers together the open access publications of the FP7 funding stream and moving on to Horizon 2020. 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.

As well as the EC and ERC, OpenAIRE has run a pilot with Wellcome Trust and FCT project info, and is now ready to apply this model and its services to include additional funders at the national, or private/thematic level.

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