Horizon 2020 and UK Research and Innovation Requirements for H2020 Projects

Twice a year, Jisc contacts Horizon2020-funded projects in the UK on behalf of OpenAIRE ( which supports the EC’s Open Access policies.  Jisc is the National Open Access Desk for OpenAIRE in the UK, and we contact project coordinators because there are particular Open Access obligations within most of the Horizon2020 projects for the EC:

  1. Open Access Mandate:  All H2020 projects must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply.  Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions.
  2. Open Research Data Pilot: Projects in designated areas of H2020 will participate in a pilot project to make the underlying data related to project outputs openly available and accessible for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens.  If you have signed up to the pilot, there is the possibility that you will need to make your research data openly available, as well, although there is the acknowledgement that some data cannot be made openly available.

How many OA publications does your project have? Take a look at your project page at: You can use this page to help you with reporting!

More information? Look out for our webinars on ‘Open Access and Open Research Data in H2020’:

Services and Tools: For information and support on how open access works visit:

There are also webinars and resources from 2018’s Open Access week.

In addition and just as important for your H2020 project is that UK Research and Innovation also has a portal, into which they have asked project coordinators to use to upload their research outputs.

  • The portal and a Q&A can be found here: It includes details of how to register individual grants or submit multiple grants via a spreadsheet.
  • Grant recipients are asked to input basic information about your awards. This will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite Horizon 2020 payments.
  • Since its launch in September 2018, UKRI has had a steady stream of registrations to the portal. Most of the UK’s universities have now contacted us. UKRI needs everyone with a UK Horizon 2020 grant to register their details onto the UKRI portal in order to better serve UK research.

We are here to help, inform and assist you and all those involved in Horizon 2020 projects:


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