Eligible applicants (as Principal Investigators) are scientists affiliated with academic or research institutions in the following countries:

EU member states

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 


Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Special consideration will be given to the applications of Ukrainian researchers.

Collaborators in proposals might reside in any country provided that no specific geographical restrictions apply for access by the corresponding centres that offer resources in the various resource-providing countries.

Industrial partners may participate only as collaborators in a proposal that led by academic or research institutions from the eligible countries, and only if the aims and objectives of the project is open research with results to be published in research journals or conferences.

Applicants should commit to using the resources that will be allocated to them, as well as to providing reports of their work based on the proposed schedule (see below). Furthermore, scientists should acknowledge the use of the NI4OS-Europe services in all publications presenting results obtained from using the allocated resources.

Finally, all the projects participating in the open call should be EOSC compatible, meaning that all key components should be EOSC, all data and software used and produced throughout the lifespan of each project have been curated based on FAIR principles and lastly, resulting publications are being published in openly accessible journals.

Therefore, the applications should reflect on the FAIR-ness of their outputs and intended or already used inputs, as well as the licensing model that they intend to apply on the produced data or other outputs. This should be done in a way that is in line with the requirements of the primary funding of the conducted research (if exists) but also the basic EOSC rules and FAIR principles. The projects that will be selected to participate to the NI4OS-Europe open call will be also asked to participate to the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 and submit a DMP, describing how their data will be managed.

Providing a draft idea of the research data management (RDM) process applied, will be appreciated during the evaluation of applications. Applicants are encouraged to consult the available training material and tools that are made available by NI4OS-Europe.

Training material on FAIR data, which has been translated in mother tongues for all NI4OS-Europe countries, can be found here

When it comes to the use of supporting tools, the applicants may state whether they regard tools such as LCT and RoLECT (described in 3.3.6) suitable, or – although this is not mandatory – if they have already used these tools to perform a preliminary licence clearance analysis or to draft a legal and ethics compliance report.


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