With the launch of Horizon 2020 imminent, the University of Surrey is keen to support staff to engage with European colleagues to develop strong funding applications to this scheme.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The funding is intended to help boost Europe’s knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people’s lives.
Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.
All EU funded projects in Horizon 2020 research are to be made open access. This is now mandatory. Articles will be made accessible in an open access repository. Projects must also aim to supply research data needed for validation of the results presented in the deposited scientific publications, known as ‘underlying data’.
See http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en for more information.
UNESCO publications now freely available through a new Open Access Repository
UNESCO has launched its Open Access Repository (OAR) making more than 300 on-line books, reports, and articles freely available. The OAR will operate under a new open licensing system developed by the Creative Commons organization specifically for intergovernmental agencies. http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Intergovernmental_Organizations#Why_Intergovernmental_Organizations_Benefit_from_Using_CC
The new licensing tool, developed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the UN family, makes a wealth of knowledge available worldwide; knowledge that can be used and reused.
The launch follows UNESCO’s recent decision to become the first United Nations agency to adopt an Open Access policy for its publications. For UNESCO, adopting an Open Access Policy means to make thousands of its publications freely available to the public. Furthermore, Open Access is also a way to provide the public with an insight into the work of the Organization so that everyone is able to discover and share what UNESCO is doing. http://en.unesco.org/open-access/search_unesdoc Currently, the Repository contains works in some 12 languages, including major UNESCO reports and key research publications.