Outcomes

List of deliverables

►  wp 1. sustainability and responding to challenges

The EC’s working document Call for Action on Sustainable European Research Infrastructures lists a better synergy between Europe Structural Funds and H2020 funds as an important element for RI’s sustainability. However, especially for distributed RIs, the synergies are hard to achieve. The partners in ACCELERATE faced the challenge and created an overview on the available funding on European, National and Regional level, their intervention logic and their applicability to two distributed research infrastructures, CERIC and Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht. This table shows the example for CERIC. The following conclusions can be drown based on our analysis of the above data: 1) Research Infrastructures’ investment can be funded on a national level in accordance with the ERA and National Research Infrastructure roadmaps. Therefore, it is important that research facilities make sure to be included in the related roadmaps of their country, if available. 2) Activities related to R&D opportunities, the development of management, coordination, training, etc. can be explored in funding calls such as territorial cooperation(Interreg), H2020 and national ones.

►  WP 2. open data, access and publication policies

Open access as described in the Charter for Open Access to Research Infrastructures plays a fundamental role in scientific excellence and innovation, allowing the best use of research infrastructures and the transfer of knowledge. Therefore, open access procedures need to be efficient and effective in order to ensure the scientific excellence of the research performed which is a corner stone for the sustainability of Research Infrastructures. With the working document on Long Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures the EC sets the basis for an action plan that calls for a simplification and harmonisation of access policies. This document is meant to make a first step to a further harmonisation by presenting an overview and comparison of open access policies of European Research Infrastructures and networks.  It is intended to be used by new and existing Research Infrastructures as a help to set-up or improve their own access procedures. 14 Research Infrastructures and 11 H2020 projects participated in providing details about their access procedures. The analysis shows that the core of the access procedures of most of the RIs and projects is very similar and already much has been done in terms of their harmonisation of access procedures. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement especially in the scientific evaluation process. It is a critical point for the standardisation procedure since the selection criteria in the scientific evaluation often derive directly from the objectives of the individual RIs.

  • D2.1 Report on the State of Open Access Procedures at Research Infrastructures ► Download 

The fast track open access is the new fast route to CERIC’s instruments, allowing researchers to access a set of instruments with short waiting time (max 1 month) for short measurements (max 48 hrs). This is possible due to the shortened evaluation process. The fast track access answers the need to perform quick and short measurements in special cases. Applying to regular calls requires a deep and profound experimental planning over a long period of time. In average, the process – from submission to scientific excellence evaluation and scheduling – takes three months, and the subsequent scheduling takes place within a six-month period. This procedure is very well established and successful for long and complex experiments. However, sometimes researchers need quick access to certain instrumentation. The reason may be to not perform the experiment itself, and to rather do a feasibility study to see if the chosen technique gives the results required. Another reason might be the verification of prior results for a publication or a new proposal. The report of this deliverable outlines the technical procedure behind the fast track open access introduced by CERIC, as well as the instruments available for this option, and the eligibility criteria to be fulfilled for this type of access mode.

  • D2.2: Preparation of the feasibility fast track pilot to fit the scheme set by regular Open Access calls ► Download

The Promotion pilot was created in synergy with and complementary to the outreach activities that aim for enlargement and enhanced international cooperation. It has as the objective to increase the success rate of researchers from countries with less developed user community by providing them with an extended support and follow-up of their open access proposal. This personalised support includes different phases: the design of the experimental plan and the preparation of the proposal, extended support during the measurements and in data analysis, reporting and the publication of the results. This pilot targets researchers working in the Western Balkans and some of the Post-soviet countries. Moreover, the identification of those proposals is now possible through CERIC’s Virtual User Office (VUO) which was updated for this aim.

  • D2.3 Preparation of the outreach promotion pilot ► Download 

With the ACCELERATE project, CERIC-ERIC entered into the Open Research Data Pilot (ORDP) as required by the European Commission for Horizon 2020 funded project. Part of the ORDP is the creation of a Data Management Plan (DMP) that outlines the procedures that apply to data generated within the ACCELERATE project. The DMP is a living document that is constantly updated throughout the project’s lifetime as new developments and procedures are implemented.  The initial version of the Data Management Plan provides analysis of the main elements and procedures regarding all research datasets that will be generated throughout the project. In the case of ACCELERATE, this includes the two categories of data: the organisational and scientific/technicaldata. The organization structure of the data collected during the project will be the following: Data other than the scientific/technical one, which means data collected from deliverables’ output, processes, activities, etc. will be stored and made accessible through the ACCELERATE drive and web portal. As for the scientific and technical data, which in the case of ACCELERATE is generated within the pilots for open access will be subject to the data policy of the Partner Facilities or Representing Entity which owns the instruments involved. While this fact represents the current situation in the CERIC consortium the DMP gives an overview on possible solutions for a common data storage system. This overview contains references to European initiatives like the European Open Science Cloud as well as national initiatives from CERIC members like the Open Data Portal Slovenia or the Open Access Network Austria.

►  WP 4. Enlargement and international cooperation

The attraction of new users with high quality research proposals is crucial for the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures. With the ACCELERATE project,CERIC uses the strategy to increase its visibility by the establishment of outposts in regions of interest. As a pilot, the Uzhhorod National University was chosen. Scientists of the Uzhhorod National University received training in the most important techniques, as well as useful information on proposal writing. Such trainings equipped researchers with skills to successfully apply for open access to CERIC and other European Research Infrastructures, as well as to function as ambassadors for Research Infrastructures in their research community.

  • D4.4  Report on the establishment of the CERIC Regional Outpost in Ukraine ► Download

►  WP 6.  communication and dissemination

  • D6.1  ACCELERATE Communication Strategy ►  Download
  • D6.3  Report on the ACCELERATE Website ► Download
  • D6.4  Communications materials for the project ► Download