Open science at very core of Horizon Europe opportunities. Let’s have a quick look on it.

In a brief search on the European Commission’s website, many of the HORIZON calls aim at achieving the goals of open science.

The following calls emerged with deadlines starting in October. For all of them Open Science is a specific keyword in text.

In some cases, the development and dissemination of open science is the final goal of the call, as for “Services and tools to underpin a research assessment system that incentivizes open science practices” which tends to incentivize higher quality research, collaboration and open science practices. Projects are expected to contribute to consolidate evidence base on sustainable institutional and territorial changes towards open and responsible research and innovation and to provide services and support for research and innovation institutions, and territories, to open up to society. Another goal is the reduction in disparities between institutions and territories in terms of their attention to open and responsible research and innovation.

“Developing and piloting training on the practice of open and responsible research and innovation”, instead, is a call that aims to contribute to increase capacity in the EU R&I system to conduct open science and to set it as a modus operandi of modern science.

In other cases, open science is one of the tools necessary to reach the goal of the calls.

For example, in “Scalable privacy-preserving technologies for cross-border federated computation in Europe involving personal data”, an European ecosystem of open source developers and researchers of privacy protection solutions needs to be created and open science is the main tool for disseminating knowledge and research results. Also, for the call “Common European Green Deal data space to provide more accessible and exploitable environmental observation data in support of the European Green Deal priority actions”, open science is one of the opportunity achievable and the tool to share the results of the call itself.  Proposals should deliver open access to data useful for decision-making by public administrations, investors, insurers, businesses, cities, rural communities, citizen scientists, civil society and citizens, and for the development of new instruments.

From a quick reading it seems clear that open science is configured less and less as an abstract goal to be achieved in the long term but more and more as a way of working and sharing to be implemented and as a necessary tool to achieve important goals in different fields.