Open Science Fund

UPDATE:
The Open Science Fund 2016 has been fully used up. We will no longer accept grant applications.

The Fund allowed us to help 39 University of Twente authors to publish their research output Open Access in 2016.

Open Science is open access (OA) to scientific information (publications, data, and education). It means that anyone, anywhere has unrestricted online access to the information at no cost.

Even though Open Science – contrary to traditional ways of disseminating scientific information – is free for users of the information, it is not costless. Instead, the author, his/her academic institution or research funder pay the costs. In the case of OA publications, Article Processing Charges (APCs) are paid, and in the case of OA research data, costs are paid for making research data sustainably accessible.

The University of Twente stimulates its employees to:

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publish their scientific output open access in a peer-reviewed OA journal, and to

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make their research data sustainably accessible in a Trusted Repository, where their research is kept verifiable, replicable and reusable for the long term, even if the hardware and software become obsolete.

To that end, the University of Twente offers its employees financial incentives in the form of an Open Science Fund. The Open Science Fund consists of OA publishing grants and OA research data grants. University of Twente employees may apply for one of each per year.

 

Open-access publishing grant

The Open Science Fund subsidizes (part of) the APCs for scientific articles that are (to be) published in a quality OA, peer-reviewed journal. The grant only applies to the so-called golden road to OA publishing (in full OA journals). The grant does not apply to so-called hybrid journals (subscription-based journals that offer OA to individual articles at additional costs).

You are eligible for an OA publishing grant when you meet all of these conditions:

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You are a University of Twente employee.

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You are co-author of the article.

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The first author of the article is a University of Twente employee.

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The article has been published or accepted for publication in a quality OA, peer-reviewed journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

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You have not received or requested another Open Access grant for this article.

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You have not received an OA publishing grant from the Open Science Fund in the same calendar year.

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You can only apply for an OA-publishing grant in the year that your article was accepted for publication.

This grant subsidizes up to €2,500.00 of the APCs and will be awarded on a “first come, first served” basis. In 2016, a total of €40,000.00 is available for OA publishing grants.

To apply for an OA publishing grant from the Open Science Fund, please email your information specialist. Your email should include: 1) your contact information, 2) the OFI number for transferring the grant, 3) either the publisher’s acceptance email (for an article in press) or the link to the article (for a published article), and 4) the publisher’s invoice or payment receipt.

If you’re unsure whether you qualify for an OA publishing grant, please contact your information specialist.

 

Open-access research data grant

The Open Science Fund subsidizes (part of) the costs for static research data that are deposited and made sustainably accessible in a Trusted Repository. University of Twente researchers are advised to use 3TU.Datacentrum for technical and natural sciences data, and DANS for social sciences and humanities data. Both individual researchers and research groups striving for sustainable access to research data are invited to apply.

You are eligible for an OA research data grant when all of these conditions are met:

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For individual researchers: You were a University of Twente employee when the research data were collected. For research groups: Your research group is part of the University of Twente.

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You/your group strives for sustainable access to your (group’s) research data

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Your static research data are deposited and made sustainably accessible via a Trusted Repository, preferably 3TU.Datacentrum or DANS.

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The data either belong to one or more publications, or the raw or edited data do not belong to one or more publications, but are important for verification, replication, or reuse of research.

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You/your research group selected the data based on clearly described criteria, such as quality of the data, importance of verification/replication, and value for reuse. The selection includes data and data descriptions, and if necessary, data-collection or data-generation instruments.

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Data, datasets, descriptions and instruments are of good quality and meet legal and contractual requirements.

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Other funding possibilities are not available.

This grant subsidizes up to €2,500.00 of the costs for making research data sustainably accessible and will be awarded on a “first come, first served” basis. In 2016, a total of €15,000.00 is available for OA research data grants.

To apply for an OA research data grant from the Open Science Fund, please email your information specialist.