Research Funding Bodies

Research Funding Bodies
22 Feb

Research Funding Bodies

Research Funding bodies are the catalysts of the EOSC

Research funding bodies are key stakeholders for the development of the EOSC. In recognition of this, they were among the first to be involved in extensive discussions with the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group in 2016 with a view to contribute to the initial recommendations on the realisation of the EOSC.

Several bodies at the European level make research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. Many of these funders are part of EU institutions and programmes – including for example Joint Research Centres, or the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Other European funding programmes are managed by the European Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the European University Institute, the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET), etc.

Many European countries have one or more national agencies responsible for research, science and/or technology development. The policies and mandates of these agencies will inevitably be different from country to country, but they are essential drivers of Open Science and it is vital for the EOSC to engage in a common platform with these stakeholders.

Through their policies, grants, calls for proposals and activities research funding bodies act as enablers for the institutions and individuals that they support and are therefore essential enablers for the EOSC.

According to an internal survey 60% of the EOSCpilot project partners currently engage with research funding bodies. These are key stakeholders for the EOSC, but the relative amount of current engagement shows scope for improvement in the relationship with the EOSCpilot project.


The EOSC benefits for Research Funding bodies

  • The EOSC governance framework and EOSC policies will support Funders in their strategic direction and in targeting funding action to appropriate allocation of resources.
  • The EOSC long-term sustainability plan will contribute to better visibility and management of future funding.
  • The federation and re-use of data generated by publicly funded research in an open innovation environment will increase the impact of funding instruments and policies, both through the wider access and use of research and data funded nationally, and through wider access by researchers in each country to resources funded and generated by other countries.
  • The EOSC will provide practical insight to the application of research funding policy objectives.
  • Through the EOSCpilot project they will have a chance to align their policies to increase the excellence and impact of funded research.
  • Finally, by engaging closely in the EOSCpilot project activities, Funders and Intermediaries will benefit from a unified vision for open research data and services and will be able to contribute actively to shaping the EOSC development.

EOSCpilot's contributions

Engagement in the EOSCpilot project activities will provide Research Funding Bodies with the opportunity to:

  • Gain awareness of the emerging EOSC policy framework and as well as provide input to its development.
  • Influence and be part of the governance of the future EOSC.
  • Support sustainability of the EOSC, oversee its service provisioning and relevant business models.

Do you belong to a Research Funding Body?

First of all, we would like to get to know you and hear from you how you support Open Science. Here are some concrete ways to learn more about the EOSC and contribute to its shaping.