Horizon Europe

  • For all peer-reviewed publications funded under Horizon Europe, immediate open access publication in a repository is mandatory. This also applies to monographs.
  • The granting of a CC BY licence is mandatory. For monographs, CC BY-NC, CC BY-ND are also permissible.
  • In order to be able to implement these requirements, authors must retain the rights of use for their publications.
  • Publication fees in genuine Open Access journals (Gold OA) during the project are reimbursed and should therefore already be taken into account when submitting the application. Costs for hybrid OA are not reimbursed.

Sources: European Commission, AGA - Annotated Model Grant Agreement, Annex 5 HE, Open Science-Website of the ERC

Handout: Horizon Europe - Open Access Guidelines

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The guidelines for making results from DFG-funded research available do not include an obligation, but a call for publication in open access:

  • Contributions should either be published directly in quality-assured/professionally-recognised open access journals or on open access platforms or, in addition to being released by a publisher, be placed in discipline-specific or institutional electronic archives (repositories), if possible without delay.
  • Researchers involved in DFG-funded projects should, as far as possible, firmly and permanently reserve a non-exclusive exploitation right in publishing agreements for the electronic publication of their research results for the purpose of royalty-free use.
  • Publications must contain a reference to DFG funding.
  • For the publication of the openly accessible part of the final project report, the DFG recommends the use of open access repositories.

Sources: Open Access sites of the DFG, DFG-Vordruck 2.00 - 1/21, page 33

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The BMBF has included Open Access as a standard in its project funding. The Open Access Strategy contains the following requirements:

  • The BMBF calls for BMBF-funded research results "either to be published directly through open access (golden path) or to be posted in a suitable repository after an embargo period has expired (green path)".
  • Open Access is particularly welcomed in the publication of monographs produced in projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
  • Costs incurred within the scope of project funding for publication in an open access journal can be applied for with the project funds (project-associated, indirect costs).

Sources: BMBF-Strategie, page 8, Open Access-Initiatives of the BMBF

Contact: Kathrin Lucht-Roussel