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During the Summer 2019, CHIST-ERA has created a working group dedicated to Open Science in order to fill in the existing gaps in Open Science policy at the multilateral European level. About a year later, CHIST-ERA is proud to release its Open Science Policy Statement, which summarises its strong pioneering engagements for a more efficient and transparent excellent science.

The main aim of the CHIST-ERA Open Science working group is to formulate a top-notch Open Science policy that encompasses national policies and translates the good Open Science practices of CHIST-ERA-funded researchers into a consistent framework providing a comprehensive support for the latter. Indeed, as a vector of scientific excellence, CHIST-ERA must also be a vehicle for the optimal and transparent transmission of Science through the open availability of all research results, free of charge. Open Science is an evidence.

With the support of the CHIST-ERA Open Science Advisory Board, the group has worked in the past months on the mapping of national and European Open Science policies and initiatives. This naturally led to the CHIST-ERA Open Science Policy Statement, a clear formulation of the CHIST-ERA commitments in terms of Open Science:

“By 2023/2024, 100% of the publications produced by CHIST-ERA projects should be in Open Access and 100% of the underlying research data should be open* following the FAIR data principles.”

Today, the covid-19 crisis has only strengthened our convictions and clearly displayed the fundamental role of Open Science as well as its impact on the society as a whole. CHIST-ERA will instate the new comprehensive policy already for the next CHIST-ERA Call 2020. Yet, this is not the end, CHIST-ERA is committed to further refining its Open Science policy in order to remain at the forefront of scientific openness. Finally, CHIST-ERA's engagement also translates into the participation in the Open Science transformation by organising, in 2021, a multilateral call, for researchers, tackling open questions in Open Research Data.

* “As open as possible”, details in the full Open Science policy to be released with the Call 2020 publication