FOSTER call for Open Science Training 2015

Do you feel you can effectively train on open science topics? Apply now and help us to make a difference. We are inviting proposals to host FOSTER training events on open access, open research data and open science to be held from January to November 2015.

With your help, we want to organize both engaging and instructive events that reach out to diverse disciplinary communities and countries in the European Research Area (ERA).

FOSTER support

We are looking to support different types of training events and strategies, ranging from short (one or two-hour) workshops to multiple day workshops, from face-to-face training to e-learning sessions. FOSTER will provide assistance in shaping the training programme, selecting training materials and recommending speakers/trainers. Participation of FOSTER consortium members as trainers or in other roles is highly recommended.

Financial support for events will also be provided (to cover the costs of the venue, training materials, travel of speakers, etc.), to a maximum of 10 000 € per project.

FOSTER will also support e-learning activities and processes through the FOSTER Portal (starting from April 2015) in a number of ways:

  • The portal will provide access to a large body of training materials that are openly-licensed and available for reuse.
  • Tools will be provided within the portal environment to allow the compilation of resources and development of e-learning courses.
  • Projects are encouraged to submit new materials to the portal to increase their impact and to facilitate reuse by others.

All proposed training events should reference the Horizon 2020 Open access to publications policy and Open Research Data pilot and show how the skills and techniques being taught are relevant to compliance with these requirements.

Some examples of the training formats and content that we would like to support:

  • Training targeting graduate schools in European universities, e.g. summer schools, seminars, etc.
  • Courses for trainers/multipliers who can carry on further training and dissemination activities within their institutions, countries and/or disciplinary communities.
  • Workshops for researchers participating in community/disciplinary conferences.
  • Training in integrating open access and open research data principles and practices in the current research work-flow by targeting young researchers.
  • Training targeting one of the stakeholders – academic staff (researchers and students), institutions (research administrators, librarians), research project managers, policy-makers and staff working in funding bodies.
  • E-learning, blended learning, self-learning online courses on open access, open research data and open science.

Preference will be given to the projects that provide practical training (e.g. on how to comply with the requirements of open access to publications in H2020, how to make research data open or how to exploit open data) vs general open access awareness raising/advocacy events.   See an overview of FOSTER co-funded events in 2014 here:

How to apply and deadline

  • Describe the training goals, target audiences, budget needed and any co-funding offered. Please fill in the application form which can be downloaded here.
  • Please submit your training application no later than Monday, November 3, Friday November 14, 2014 (new deadline) here.
  • Before filling in the application form, please read our FAQ. It contains important information about the procedure and the financial requirements.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us before submitting your application.

Who can apply?

Institutions/organizations from the ERA are eligible to participate. It is necessary for applicants to have a legal seat in an ERA country.

Evaluation procedure

Funding will be granted on a competitive basis. Proposals will be selected by FOSTER based on the following criteria:

  • Aims and topics of the event targeting open access, open research data and open science practices, in particular in relation to publicly funded research in Horizon 2020 and national funding schemes;
  • Outreach potential (number of relevant stakeholders directly involved on the training event);
  • Potential for “multiplication” (institutional or disciplinary) of train the trainers programmes;
  • Level of engagement with Graduate Schools and embedding in standard curriculum;
  • National/regional diversity;
  • Disciplinary diversity;
  • Cost-efficiency.

Support will be provided to at least ten training programmes for academic staff and students, research administrators and librarians, research project managers and staff working in funding bodies.

Selected proposals will be notified no later than November 30, 2014.


FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research, an FP7-funded project, aims to support different stakeholders, especially young researchers, in practicing open access, open data sharing and open science.

FOSTER supports community training actions via two open calls for events. The first call was issued in February 2014 for events in June – December 2014, and the second call is being issued now for events in January-November 2015.


If you have any questions or need clarifications, please contact Iryna Kuchma ( and/or Gwen Franck (