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RDA Open Call 1

September 14, 2021

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

We want to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. Our RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identity, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity.

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like:

  • is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • what communities can be involved to update it?
  • are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from persons or groups committed to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) data and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

18 grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.