OA funding for EU projects

With Horizon 2020, its programme for research and innovation (duration: 2014-2020, budget: 75 bn EUR), the European Union is one of the biggest research funders in the world. To ensure free access to project results the EU mandates Open Access for peer-reviewed scholarly publications. There is now also an Open Access mandate for underlying research data. You can find short policy summaries here.

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Open Access in Horizon 2020

The following conditions apply:

  • Open Access (OA) is mandatory once peer-reviewed scholarly publications result from an EU project (but: no forced publication). Applies to all disciplines and also after the project has been concluded.
  • Free choice: Green OA (self-archiving in repositories) and Gold OA (publishing in Open Access journals) or Hybrid OA, respectively (purchasing OA for articles in subscription journals).
  • For Green OA the following applies: the final, peer-reviewed manuscript has to be made available six months after publication at the latest (12 months after first publication in the humanities and social sciences ). Both subject repositories (e.g. PubMed Central) and/or institutional repositories (e.g. u:scholar) are allowed.
  • For both Gold OA and Hybrid OA the following applies: OA publishing fees are eligible for funding but reimbursement has to be requested during project duration.
  • Research data underlying a publication also have to be made available Open Access in addition to the creation of a data management plan. Substantiated opt-outs from the Open Research Data Pilot are possible at any time..

Additional information:

>> Open access & Data Management in H2020
>> H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement (PDF) (as of 26.6.2019, Article 29, 249ff)
>> ERC Open Access
>> K. Rohsmann: Open Access und Open Data in H2020 (PDF)

National helpdesk

The Vienna University Library is the site of the National Open Access Desk Austria (NOAD Austria) that was established as part of the OpenAIRE project. It fields all questions concerning Open Access mandates in EU projects. The EU project series OpenAIRE (currently OpenAIRE2020) facilitates the establishment of Open Access infrastructures for publications and research data in Europe.


Mag. Gerda McNeill
T: 01-4277-15117, M: 0664-60277-16980
E: gerda.mcneill@univie.ac.at

Service e-mail: openaireaustria@univie.ac.at