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Open Access: Get your Horizon 2020 work programmes here

Are you hoping to apply for Horizon 2020 grants and want to know what will be funded? Draft work programmes are circulating, but it seems only some research institutes and universities have access. Science|Business provided links to the documents


Detailed draft work programmes for Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship R&D programme, have been sporadically circulating through Europe since September 2013. A quick Google search serves up several “confidential” documents, providing crucial information for those interested in applying for the first calls under the €70 billion programme.

But the Commission has so far published nothing, giving rise to criticism that those institutes and universities in regular contact with the Commission have been given a preview of the crucial documents, well ahead of the first round of calls on December 11.

Michael Jennings, spokesman for Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, refutes this entirely, saying, “Currently, draft work programmes are officially discussed only with the EU Member States. We have not published them and have not released them selectively to certain groups.”

While the official line may be that participants have ample time after a call has been published to prepare their bids, anecdotal evidence says this is not the case. “Having contributed to several FP7 proposals, I am well aware of the saying ‘if you only find out about the call when it is released, you're too late!’,” said Vicki Stevenson, Vice Chair and Membership and Education Officer of the Energy Institute, South West and South Wales, UK.

Koen de Pater, head of the Dutch National Contact Points is also aggrieved at the selective dissemination. “I think the time has come for the Commission to publish the drafts on a website, with a disclaimer of course. Open access up front,” he told Science|Business.

With many research organisations and interest groups already studying the programme priorities, anyone still left in the dark will have some considerable catching up to do. But a Commission official, responding to questions from Science|Business on the informal circulation of the information, said it is likely that the draft work programmes will be officially published in advance of the first calls in December, once member states have given their approval. With less than two months remaining before the first call, this leaves time for the less-informed to get ready in advance of the call, but removes their chances of providing input to the shape of the work programme.

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Original source: Science|Business

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