H2020 Open Research Data Pilot

H2020 Open Research Data Pilot

Article 29.3 of the H2020 provides that the projects participating in the pilot plan must develop a data management plan (DMP):


  1. Deposit the research data (those required to validate the results presented in scientific publications) in a repository as soon as possible to enable third parties to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate (free of charge for any user) this research data.
  2. Document the research data: provide information, via the repository, about the tools and instruments necessary for validating, interpreting and reproducing the research performed.


Exceptions: the open dissemination of the project's results can be excluded for security, privacy, personal data protection or commercial/industrial exploitation reasons.


Costs: The costs related to the data are considered eligible expenses in the project.


Areas included in the pilot:


  • Future and Emerging Technologies.
  • Research Infrastructures – part e-Infrastructures.
  • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Societal Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy – part smart cities and communities.
  • Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials – with the exception of topics in the area of raw materials.
  • Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies.
  • Science with and for Society.

Important: Even though a project does not form part of these areas, it is possible to request its inclusion in the pilot plan.


Legal framework

The European Commission's guidelines for open access publishing are set out in the  H2020 Online Manual and can be consulted at the  Participant Portal.