FP7 researchers able to publish Gold Open Access after project completion

19 August 2015

The European Commission has launched a pilot that enables researchers to still request funding after the completion of their project so they can publish their results in an open-access journal. It concerns research projects in the FP7 scheme, the grant period of which ended less than 2 years ago. Sixteen NWO projects were part of an FP7 partnership.

FP7 researchers able to publish Gold Open Access after project completion

FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) was a major funding scheme for scientific research that lasted from 2007 to 2013. Sixteen NWO programmes from this period (see list below), including the Rubicon talent programme, were part of a partnership within FP7.

Researchers who still want open-access publication of their results from an FP7 programme but no longer have funding available can submit a request to OpenAIRE, the European organisation carrying out the pilot, for compensation for the Article Processing Charges (APCs), the ‘editorial costs’ of Gold Open Access journals. This enables researchers to still publish their results in an open-access publication. As with the NWO Incentive Fund Open Access, researchers have no recourse to this pilot project for publishing in what are referred to as hybrid journals, in which researchers can make their articles freely available for a fee.

Preference for Gold

NWO supports the transition to full Open Access. By means of different Open Access funds, NWO is already encouraging the researchers it is funding to publish their results immediately and without an embargo in an Gold Open Access journal or to make their articles available through an open-access repository. During the course of 2015, NWO will also tighten its grant conditions in this area. NWO’s preference for Gold Open Access will be a leading factor in that respect. Researchers will still have the freedom to choose the journal in which they publish, however.


The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot has a term of 2 years and is an initiative of the European Commission. The Commission wants to use the pilot to experiment with funding instruments that make it possible to also publish research results once a project has been finalised. If successful, this form of post-grant funding could be used in the future in Horizon2020, the European Commission’s large-scale programme to encourage European research and innovation.

The following NWO programmes were part of an FP7 partnership:

  • NORFACE II New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe II
  • CEFIMS Coordination of the European Future Internet forum of Member States
  • PRACE-1IP PRACE - First Implementation Phase Project
  • HERA JRP HERA Joint Research Programme
  • NEW INDIGO Initiative for the Development and Integration of Indian and European Research
  • Rubicon Marie Curie Cofunding for Rubicon NWO
  • SEAS ERA Towards integrated European marine research strategy and programmes
  • EURO-BIOIMAGING Euro-BioImaging - Research infrastructure for imaging technologies in biological and biomedical sciences
  • NORFACE PLUS NORFACE Transnational Programme on Migration in Europe
  • BIODIVERSA2 Cooperation and shared strategies for biodiversity research programmes in Europe
  • ERASYNBIO Development and Coordination of Synthetic Biology in the European Research Area
  • GO-SKA GO-SKA: A proposal for coordinating & supporting policy development of the global organisation of the Square Kilometre Array
  • Rubicon II Rubicon II
  • ERA-CAPS ERA-NET for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences
  • ASTRONET Coordinating strategic planning for European Astronomy
  • ISBE Infrastructure for Systems Biology - Europe

Source: NWO