To gather insights into Open rewards and incentives, survey targets 200 European funders

27th March 2019News, Open Access, Open Science

This week, SPARC Europe, in consultation with ALLEA, The European Foundation Centre (EFC) and Science Europe, sent surveys to almost 200 funding bodies throughout Europe. The initiative is intended to garner insights into the various patterns of rewards and incentives being employed by Europe’s research funders to encourage openness to the research they fund.  

“Considering the crucial role funders play in advancing Open Access and Open Science, this survey has the potential to encourage and stimulate more Open research practices,” said SPARC Europe Director Vanessa Proudman.

Key international funding bodies, national funding agencies, major charities and foundations, national academies and key research performing organisation are targeted for the survey, which will remain open until the end of April. Results will be shared in the form of a report that will be released this summer; and the dataset arising from the survey will also be published under an open licence.  

SPARC Europe is also indebted to the advisory group for this project: Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust; Dr. Falk Reckling, the Austrian Science Fund; Mathilde Reumaux, Science Europe; Vasco Vaz, FCT; and Prof Richard Wilson, University of Sheffield.

View the survey here.