2nd open call for Route 2 support (CLOSED)


The second call for Route 2 support will be open for applications from 31st January-31st March 2024. Applicants can apply to join the following support actions. 


#1: Assessing and improving Research Software

Software plays a crucial role in academic research, not only as a tool for data analysis but also as a research outcome or result, or even the object of research itself. It is important for producers of research software to make sure that their software is usable by others. This can be achieved by being well described with metadata and made FAIR. In a FAIR ecosystem, software should receive the same level of attention and recognition as publications and datasets. However, the lack of standardised guidelines and best practices for software development and curation has resulted in challenges for researchers, developers, and other stakeholders in finding, reusing, and reproducing research results.

This support action offers two paths to enhance the FAIRness and impact of research software.

  • Path 1 focuses on the assessment and improvement of existing research software using a new extension of F-UJI.
  • Path 2 centers on implementing the Research Software MetaData guidelines for better archiving, referencing, describing, and citing research software artefacts.

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#2: Creating EOSC compliant Persistent Identifier (PID) policies

The persistent identification of research outputs is part of good research data management practice and are central to the FAIR Principles and the vision of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). There are many types of persistent identifiers (PIDs) currently being used to identify data and other kinds of research outputs but also different actors involved in the creation of outputs and the organisations that employ them or fund their work.

To foster harmonisation on the use of different persistent identifiers, there is a need to define and implement research data and/or PID policies. This support action will help with the definition of EOSC compliant PID policies by completing self-assessments with regard to PID policy readiness through the use of  FAIRCORE4EOSC's Compliance Assessment Toolkit (CAT) service, which strives to encode, record, and query compliance with the EOSC PID policy and more (including TRUST, FAIR, Reproducibility, GDPR, and Licences).

Successful applicants will receive 10 000 € to enable their participation. The open call is now closed.

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#3: Recommendations for trustworthy and FAIR-enabling data repositories

FAIR-enabling and trustworthy data repositories play a central role in making and keeping data FAIR over time. While there is ongoing debate on what constitutes trustworthiness, there is broad agreement that transparency and evidence is essential to enable end users to make informed decisions about the repository services they use. In the scope of FAIR assessment, there are also steps to take in the findability of assessment information, and the exposure of assessment results. FAIR-IMPACT has developed guidelines to improve the transparency of, and trust in, repositories. In this support action successful applicants will have the opportunity to test the guidelines and receive guidance on exposing relevant metadata at the organisational and object level to facilitate discovery, provide context, and support interoperability.

Successful applicants will receive 4000 € to enable their participation. The open call is now closed.

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#4: Improving the availability and machine readability of data policies with FAIRsharing

To ensure that researchers are working in a FAIR-enabling ecosystem, policymakers at the national, funding body, publisher, and organisational levels have been developing and aligning their policies to support the creation and use of data that are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Monitoring the evolving policy landscape is labour intensive and focuses mainly on what is happening at the national level. As such, it can be hard to know what is happening at the institutional and research infrastructure level where most of the research is carried out. To provide a more complete picture of the policy landscape, this support action will work support the registration of data policies from a wider range of stakeholders using FAIRsharing and work collectively to consider how we can leverage this shared pool of information for ongoing policy monitoring activities. 

Successful applicants will receive 4000 € to enable their participation. The open call is now closed.

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Open call details

Webinar to showcase the support actions on offer. 

Missed the webinar to introduce the support actions available in this call? Watch the recording

31 January 2024 

Call launched and platform opened for applications to support actions 2, 3, and 4

31 January 2024

Call launched and platform opened for applications to support action 1  9 February 2024

Informal virtual clinic for potential applicants to ask questions about the support actions and application process

Watch the recording of the session and access the notes

12 March 2024,16-17 CET

Deadline for applications to support actions 2, 3, and 4

31 March 2024

Deadline for applications to support action 1 5 April 2024

Evaluation and selection of applicants

end of April  2024

Applicants informed of decision

Mid May 2024

Expected start date for support actions

late May/June 2024


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