European Open Science Cloud for Research Pilot Project

Funding programme: Horizon 2020 (N739563)

Budget: €10M


Duration: 24 months

The EOSCpilot project will support the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) as described in the EC Communication on European Cloud Initiatives [2016]. In particular, it will:

  • Establish the governance framework for the EOSC and contribute to the development of European open science policy and best practice;
  • Develop a number of pilots that integrate services and infrastructures to demonstrate interoperability in various scientific domains;
  • Engage with a broad range of stakeholders, crossing borders and communities, to build the trust and skills required for adoption of an open approach to scientific research.

The EOSCpilot project will address some of the key reasons why European research is not yet fully tapping into the potential of data. In particular, it will:

  • Reduce fragmentation between data infrastructures by working across scientific and economic domains, countries and governance models;
  • Improve interoperability between data infrastructures by demonstrating how data and resources can be shared.

In this way, the EOSC pilot project will improve the ability to reuse data resources and provide an important step towards building a dependable open-data research environment where data from publicly funded research is always open and there are clear incentives and rewards for the sharing of data and resources.

ECRIN is involved in the work package on policy, and in particular is the lead, along with BBMRI, on the sub-task on drivers and constraints for ethics. This subtask will investigate ethical issues related to the use/re-use of data and services and will produce practical recommendations on each of them. 

The EOSCpilot has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 739563.