Solutions for FAIR Open Science in Europe: the FAIR-IMPACT project kicks-off

Solutions for FAIR Open Science in Europe: the FAIR-IMPACT project kicks-off


June 2022

In 2015 the vision of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) emerged. EOSC would provide an open and trusted environment for accessing and managing a wide range of publicly funded research data and related services, helping researchers reap the full benefits of data-driven science. EOSC is currently in its implementation phase (2021-2027) which requires active engagement and support to ensure widespread implementation and adoption of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, to define and share standards and develop tools and services, to allow researchers to find, access, reuse and combine research results.

With the ambitious goal to realise an EOSC of FAIR data and services, the FAIR-IMPACT project will respond to these needs by supporting the implementation of FAIR-enabling practices, tools and services across scientific communities at a European, national, and institutional level.  The FAIR-IMPACT project will work to connect knowledge across scientific domains on persistent identifiers, metadata and ontologies, metrics, certification and interoperability aspects via a community-led approach.

Practical implementation of the FAIR principles starting with integrated use cases on four scientific domains 

A set of integrated use cases on social sciences and humanities, the photon and neutron sciences, life sciences and agri-food, and environmental sciences will help FAIR-IMPACT consortium to identify practices, policies, tools and technical specifications to guide researchers, repository managers, research performing organisations, policy makers and citizen scientists towards a FAIR data management cycle. 

Engaging stakeholders via open calls 

Wide uptake of FAIR data principles and practices by national and European providers and repositories will be boosted via a cascading grants mechanisms, that will provide €500,000 funding via open calls to support around 50 projects to embed FAIR components and mechanisms across domains, geographic areas and stakeholder groups, using a transparent and open use case selection approach.

Coordination mechanisms 

In order to build a web of FAIR data and related services FAIR-IMPACT will be supported by three coordination mechanisms:

  • Technical Bridging Team, leading and ensuring the technical alignment between FAIR-IMPACT and other strategic initiatives in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud (namely FAIRCore4EOSC, EOSC Future and the EOSC Association);
  • FAIR Implementation Team, supporting adoption and implementation of FAIR-enabling practices, policies, tools or technical specifications;
  • the Synchronisation Force, built on the successful Synchronisation Force series from the FAIRsFAIR project, in charge of establishing a dialogue among the various projects, initiatives and actors in both EOSC and FAIR ecosystems. to reduce redundancy and ensure that solutions are more widely promoted, sustainable and can be transferred to the relevant EOSC Partnership and current and future EOSC stakeholders.

By enabling the FAIR principles for EOSC across scientific communities, stakeholder groups and research outputs at a European, national and institutional level, FAIR-IMPACT will improve the access to and management of increasing volumes of FAIR data and other research outputs contributing to transforming the way researchers share and exploit research outputs, ultimately leading to better quality, validation and higher productivity of research.

About the project

FAIR-IMPACT “Expanding FAIR solutions across EOSC” is funded by the European Commission Horizon Europe programme  (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-05 101057344). Coordinated by DANS and supported by 27 additional partners from 11 countries, the project officially started on the 1st of June 2022 and will meet for the kick-off hybrid event in Amsterdam on 27 and 28 of June. FAIR-IMPACT will build on the successful practices, policies, tools and technical specifications arising from FAIRsFAIR, other H2020 projects and initiatives, and from the FAIR and other relevant Working Groups of the former EOSC Executive Board. 

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Our role

Leading Work Package 7, Dissemination, exploitation and communication, Trust-IT has complete responsibility over:

  • Maintaining a coordinated and continued communication of the FAIR-IMPACT initiative;
  • The delivery of an EOSC Future tailored Funding Platform -thanks to our fully customisable Trust-Grants™ platform- for the management to handle the communication and technical management of open calls;
  • produce FAIR implementation stories to encourage new research communities, national level initiatives and other  stakeholders to engage with EOSC and enable FAIR;
  • Organising focused workshopswebinars and stakeholder-tailored events, with a concertation focus on relevant initiatives that maximise project results;
  • Developing an effective strategy to facilitate adoption of FAIR-IMPACT tools, recommendations and outcomes for end users and obtain user feedback.

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Publication date: 23Jun2022

Article by

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Senior Project Manager