Open Innovation Call

Important Announcement

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In short

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 The OpenAIRE open call is challenging you to work on one of the three topics that are closely related with the OpenAIRE application boundaries (see image below).

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The OpenAIRE Topics

The background: OpenAIRE is a platform funded and supported by European Commission with the mission to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research. The long term vision of OpenAIRE is to transform society through validated scientific knowledge allowing citizens, educators, funders, civil servants and industry to find ways to make science useful and comprehensive.

Open Innovation: OpenAIRE launches within the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, its Open Innovation programme to discover, support and fund innovative ideas and implementations of software in the Open Science domain. This is achieved by the mingle of external and internal ideas that will lead to the co-creation of fresh business ideas and the formation of an innovation ecosystem with would-be-entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs, closely related to OpenAIRE. The Open Innovation programme will select innovative projects in the field of Open Science to develop products and services linked to scholarly works, repositories, data management, OpenAIRE infrastructure and OpenAIRE services. Furthermore, ideas that make use of current assets available within OpenAIRE and create new services for the Open Science ecosystem (and EOSC) are welcome!

The topics: Through this open call, OpenAIRE calls young innovators and SMEs to work on one of the following three topics, so as to enhance and expand OpenAIRE services or to improve current infrastructure, by picking up the one that fits best with your experience, skills, and motivation.
Topic #1

Next Generation Repository Technologies

Building on the outcomes of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group, we call you to develop functionalities and demonstrate use cases that  support the implementation of next generation networked services (repositories) and how these are embedded in OpenAIRE.

Topic #2

Enhance the quality of the OpenAIRE Graph

We are looking for software, services (new or already working) that will enhance content in the OpenAIRE Research Graph, promote the construction of new open content collections or promote and advance open scholarship, and may potentially be integrated into OpenAIRE infrastructure.

Topic #3

Expand the OpenAIRE Service portfolio

We are looking for software that will focus either to improve OpenAIRE current services or create new services. All proposed services should promote open science, promote open scholarship, and be successfully integrated into OpenAIRE infrastructure.

Important dates and actions

An overview of the main dates and actions of the open call are drawn in the following image.



Detailed information

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  • In order to apply for the open innovation call of OpenAIRE, you need to follow the steps described in the "How to join" informative session. 

    Study carefully the timeline, rules and topics.

    When ready, fill in the following templates available in Annexes (Annex5a and 5b) and submit!

    Good luck!


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