OpenAIRE project

The project facilitates access to the entire open access scientific production of the European Research Area, providing cross-links from publications to data and funding schemes

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The OpenAIRE team at an OpenAIRE conference at Göttingen State and University Library, November 20, 2012
The OpenAIRE team at an OpenAIRE conference at Göttingen State and University Library, November 20, 2012


The OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) project was established to support the implementation of open access (OA) in Europe.

The project was launched to promote and realize the widespread adoption of the Open Access Policy, as set out by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council Guidelines for Open Access and the Open Access pilot launched by the European Commission (EC).

The Open Access pilot covered approximately 20% of FP7-funded research and mandated that research to be made available in OA. In 2014 EC adopted a new policy covering 100% of Horizon 2020-funded research. In addition, the Commission introduced an Open Data pilot in Horizon 2020 (H2020).


EIFL participates in the OpenAIRE project along with 50 partners from all European Union countries, and beyond.

Within the past five years the project has developed a portal and e-infrastructure that harvests publications, open access scientific datasets and provides inter-linking between publications, data and funding schemes. The portal covers all types of scientific outputs, funded by the EC, and is widening to other European funding streams. The OpenAIRE Guidelines were developed for Data Archive Managers, for Literature Repository Managers and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) Managers to ensure interoperability between these research infrastructures.

The project also set-up an extensive European Helpdesk System, based on a distributed network of national and regional liaison offices in 27 countries, to help researchers to make their research open access and comply with funder mandates. It also provides a repository facility for researchers who do not have access to an institutional or discipline-specific repository.


  • Coordinating activities of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs) in 12 Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia
  • Leading a task on Horizon 2020 OA policy training and support providing the body of resources to facilitate the easy uptake and comprehension of the OA mandate to publications among a wide range of stakeholders. 
  • Helping project coordinators to comply with OA funder's requirements
  • Assisting repository managers and journal editors and publishers to make their repositories and journals compliant with the OpenAIRE Guidelines
  • Working with national research funders to align their policies with EC OA policies
  • Organizing conferences, workshops and other knowledge sharing and community-building events and activities to promote availability of OA publications and research data


December 1, 2009 - June 30, 2018 (OpenAIRE, OpenAIREplus and OpenAIRE2020 projects).

The launch of OpenAIRE marks a very concrete step towards sharing the results of EU funded research to our mutual benefit. Scientific information has the power to transform our lives for the better – it is too valuable to be locked away. In addition, every EU citizen has the right to access and benefit from knowledge produced using public funds.
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President


  • More EC funded publications are open access and available to the public. As a result of this project, over 50% of EC funded publications are already available on the OpenAIRE portal: over 9.4 million OA records from 615 validated OA repositories and OA journals from over 100 countries. As of January 2015, more than 134,000 publications are linked to funding information and over 1,400 datasets are integrated to the OpenAIRE portal. 
  • Built an innovative new repository for researchers who do not have access to an institutional or discipline-specific repository.  As a result of the project, ZENODO, a new repository, was developed to enable researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories.
  • Developed useful tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) for project reporting for those who receive funding from the EC. Different types of statistics help to monitor the progress of open access and compliance with open access policies.



View a complete list of project partners here.



Deposit your publications in open access repositories, link your research results to data-sets and project information and spread a word. Visit the OpenAIRE portal to learn more.