OpenAIRE project

EIFL partners in this major 50-country European Union initiative that facilitates open access to research publications and data

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


The OpenAIRE (short for Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) project was established in 2009 to support open access (OA) in Europe. A key objective of OpenAIRE was to promote widespread adoption of the OA Policy set out in the European Research Council's guidelines on OA, and by the OA pilot launched by the European Commission (EC), which mandated OA to research. 

The EC's OA pilot covered approximately 20% of research funded through FP7 - the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. In 2014, the EC adopted a new policy, covering 100% of Horizon 2020-funded research. Horizon 2020, known as H2020, is the European Union's biggest funding programme for research and innovation. In addition, the EC introduced an Open Data pilot in H2020. The Open Data pilot aims to make the research data generated by H2020-funded projects accessible with as few restrictions as possible.


EIFL participates in the OpenAIRE project along with 65 partners from all European Union countries, and beyond.

Over the past 10 years the OpenAIRE project has become is a socio-technical network that supports open science implementation and monitoring. Embedded in a global decentralized network of data providers, namely publication and data repositories, OA publishers and CRIS (Current Research Information Systems), OpenAIRE provides key elements of open science infrastructure in Europe and other parts of the world.

The OpenAIRE portal and e-infrastructure harvests publications and OA 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 17 funders from 13 countries. OpenAIRE Guidelines to ensure interoperability between research infrastructures have been developed for Data Archive Managers, for Literature Repository Managers and CRIS Managers.

The OpenAIRE project also set-up an extensive European Helpdesk System, with a network of national and regional liaison offices in 33 countries, to help researchers to make their research OA and to comply with funder mandates. In addition, the project provides an OA repository 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 open science training;
  • Interacting with national networks and ministries;
  • Helping project coordinators to comply with funders' OA requirements; 
  • Supporting 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 the EC's OA policies, and 
  • Organizing conferences, workshops and other knowledge-sharing and community-building events and activities to promote availability of OA publications and research data.


1 December 2009 - 28 February 2021 (OpenAIRE, OpenAIREplus, OpenAIRE2020 and OpenAIRE-Advance projects).


  • Increased OA to research in Europe: By mid-2020, the OpenAIRE portal included  41million publications; 971,000 research datasets, and 51,000 software tools and products interlinked with publications from 22 funders and three million funded grants.
  • Created an innovative repository for researchers:  The ZENODO repository was developed to enable researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications). 
  • Developed useful tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) for researchers who receive funding from the European Commission: The tools and APIs help researchers compile project reports, for example, by compiling statistics that help to monitor the progress of OA and compliance with the EC’s OA policies.
  • Created materials to support open access, open science and open data practices: 18 ‪open science guides for researchers and project coordinators; seven guides for content providers, and two guides for funders on ‪open access, ‪open data, Research Data Management and ‪FAIR data. You can access the OpenAIRE guides here.


View a complete list of project partners here.


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