The Portal

The FOSTER portal is an e-learning platform that brings together the best training resources for those who need to know more about Open Science, or who need to develop strategies and skills for implementing Open Science practices in their daily workflows. Here you will find a growing collection of training materials to meet the needs of many different users, from early-career researchers, to data managers, librarians, funders, and graduate schools.

The Project

FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) is a 2-year, EU-Funded (FP7) project, carried out by 13 partners across 8 countries. The primary aim is to produce a European-wide training programme that will help researchers, postgraduate students, librarians and other stakeholders to incorporate Open Access approaches into their existing research methodologies.

In recent years we have witnessed significant debate and activity surrounding the movement to make research papers, data, and scientific information freely available to all readers online. Open Access policies have been championed across the European Research Area, and feature prominently in the recommendations of Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s research and innovation programme: the EC views the principles of accessible knowledge and shared data as key components in their efforts to maximize the impact of publicly-funded research, and to promote innovation and economic growth. Open Access, both as a policy-driven initiative and as a general practice in research, has thus become more widely accepted as a desirable goal, and we expect that it will become even more important to forging an interconnected information exchange across Europe in the near future.

However, there is still a need to fill a number of skills gaps for researchers, project managers, librarians and other relevant stakeholders, in order to ensure that research results are managed, shared, and preserved effectively. Many researchers or other staff working at research institutions, however sympathetic they might be to the principles of OA, are not confident of the practical steps they may need to take to comply with the EC’s recommendations, to deposit articles in a repository, or to train other members of their institutions to do the same. FOSTER is a project designed to equip young researchers, established scholars, librarians, library managers, and other stakeholders, with the skills to function effectively as the range of open access policies are refined and aligned across the EU.

FOSTER is preparing online teaching materials and face-to-face training packages to help researchers comply with Open Access policies in line with the recommendations and expectations of the Horizon 2020 framework. FOSTER will enable its stakeholders to contribute to the growing holdings of freely-accessible research papers in Europe, to share and preserve their data productively, and will prepare them to engage with and develop new knowledge communities in the digital age.

Our Objectives

Support different stakeholders, especially young researchers, in adopting open access in the context of the European Research Area (ERA) and in complying with the open access policies and rules of participation set out for Horizon 2020;

Integrate open access principles and practice in the current research workflow by targeting the young researcher training environment;

Strengthen the institutional training capacity to foster compliance with the open access policies of the ERA and Horizon 2020 (beyond the FOSTER project);

Facilitate the adoption, reinforcement and implementation of open access policies from other European funders, in line with the EC’s recommendation, in partnership with PASTEUR4OA project.

Main Activities

The objectives will be pursued through the combination of 3 main activities;

– Identifying already existing contents that can be reused in the context of the training activities and repackaging, reformatting them to be used within FOSTER, and develop/create/ enhance contents if/where they are needed;

– Creation of the FOSTER Portal to support e-learning, blended learning, self-learning, dissemination of training materials/contents and Helpdesk;

– Delivery of face-to-face training, especially training trainers/multipliers that can carry on further training and dissemination activities, within their institutions, countries or disciplinary communities.


Quick facts


Project Acronym: FOSTER

Project number: 612425

Start Date: 01/02/2014

Duration: 24 months

Funding from the EC:  1.499.860,00€



Project partners

Universidade do Minho – Portugal

Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts – Germany

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – Denmark

Stichting – Netherlands


Stichting LIBER – Netherlands

University of Glasgow – DCC – UK

Technische Universiteit Delft – Netherlands

The Open University – UK

ICM – Uniwersytet Warszawski – Poland

Consortium Universitaire de Publications Numériques Couperin – France

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Spain

University of Edinburgh – DCC – UK

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Project deliverables

All project deliverables are available for download:

D1.1 Progress Report

D2.1 Technical protocol for rich metadata categorization and content classification

D2.3 Content and Learning Objectives for target groups in Task 2.1-2.4 delivered to WP3-4

D3.1 Requirements Analysis and System Architecture

D3.2 FOSTER Portal

D4.1 Detailed Training Schedule

D4.2 Toolkit for Training

D4.3 Mid Term Training Report

D5.1 Website

D5.2 Dissemination Plan

D5.3 Liaison report: collaborating with open access training activities

Project materials

Here you can download materials for use if you want to spread the message about Open Access:


Presentations about Open Access

Press Release Kick-off Press Release on project kick-off and article in Information Today Article Information Today

FOSTER logo in different resolutions (standard JPG, 270x128 JPG, 200x107 JPG, high resolution PNG)

Poster for the Open Educational Ressources Conference 2014 in Newcastle

Our fancy MOO Cards


Become a supporter of our project! Here is a button you can use to link your website to FOSTER.


To add the FOSTER button to your page add the html snippet below to your web page.

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