The success of the EOSC will heavily rely on the simultaneous evolution of services, e-infrastructures, policies, governance and funding models on the national and on the European level. Mechanisms have to be identified that allow the alignment of investments of funding agencies (and member states, in general) with the long-term objectives and goals of the EOSC.
Based on extensive interaction with both funding agencies and research-supporting ministries, this document describes opportunities and challenges in this process from national perspectives.
The results can be summarized in the VICIOUS approach: for the funders to be able to commit to the EOSC, their participation has to be Visible, Incentives have to be present, Control over national services and e-infrastructures has to be maintained by the funders, Identified Objectives need to be clearly stated for the EOSC initiative, Uptake of national services to the international level is key, and Sustainability is one of the main concerns of funders.
Many of these VICIOUS aspects can be tackled through better information flows between the European Commission, ministries, and funding agencies.
- Status: Submitted to the European Commission