Funding for Open Science under Horizon Europe

The European Comission’s Horizon Europe programme now contains an Open Science policy (see page 38 of the programme guide for extra details) and funding will be provided for a variety of OS and related projects.

I pulled out the Open Science related actions from WP 11 that look like they could be of interest to the forum community and listed them below (the following post contains grants related to infrastructure from WP 3). Note that I’ve just copied text from the first section on the expected contribution of projects, the work package document contains more details for each call (the type refers to the eligible activities section on page 13 of Annex B; my apologies if I’ve copied anything incorrectly!). The calls for 2021/22 are now searchable on the EC’s funding and tenders page. Please feel free to share other Horizon Europe grant that could be of interest.

WP-11 Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

(page numbers in this post refer to pdf at the WP-11 link, links are to the funding portal)


DESTINATION 3: REFORMING AND ENHANCING THE EU RESEARCH AND INNOVATION SYSTEM (pg 64)


Call - European Research Area 2021 (pg 67)

Deadline for all grants in this call: 23 September 2021

DEEPENING THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA (pg 74)

OPEN SCIENCE topics

Modelling and quantifying the impacts of open science practice

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-40 - pg 74
  • Contribute towards: Structured evidence of scientific, societal and economic impacts of open science practice, complemented by the new methods, tools and data required to measure them. Better knowledge on how impacts develop and how a diversity of benefits can be achieved at scientific, societal and economic levels. Better understanding on how the practice of open science can contribute to the increased reproducibility of research results.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €2 million for 1 project

Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-41 - pg 76
  • Contribute towards: Strengthened international cooperation to increase and mainstream FAIRness of data and digital objects. Connection of disconnected initiatives on data management, data stewardship and FAIR data practices, across borders and disciplines, as enablers of open science. Increased FAIR data sharing within and across scientific disciplines and innovation sectors.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €1 million/project for 2 projects

Capacity-building for institutional open access publishing across Europe

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-43 - pg 79
  • Contribute towards: Improved understanding of the current landscape of institutional scientific publishing activities across Europe. Coordination amongst institutional publishing services and initiatives across Europe at the non-technological level and improve their overall service efficiency, in particular in a multilingual environment. Actionable recommendations for strategies regarding institutional publishing in research performing organisations across the European Research Area.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €3 million for 1 project
  • Duration limit: No longer than 36 months

Societal trust in science, research and innovation

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-44 - pg 80
  • Contribute towards: Recommendations for policy makers, research funding and performing organisations, higher education institutions and other research and innovation actors for tackling societal mistrust in science, research and innovation; Recommendations for strengthening the co-creation of R&I contents by society, and for the spreading of good practices and evidence of their effects.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €2 million for 1 project

Support to changes in the assessment of research and researchers to reward the practice of open science

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-45 - pg 83
  • Contribute towards: Consolidated information on initiatives for reforming the assessment of research and researchers, taking better account of open science practice. Connection of existing initiatives at European level, facilitating mutual learning, and stimulating consensus building among the stakeholders. Pilots on new metrics, methods and institutional changes for reforming the assessment of research and researchers, which lead to better rewarding the practice of open science, as well as related issues such as gender equality, science education, and academia-industry collaboration.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €2 million for 1 project

CITIZEN SCIENCE topics

A capacity-building and brokering network to make citizen science an integral part of the European Research Area

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-60 - pg 84
  • Contribute towards: Strengthened links and collaboration between citizen science initiatives and other research and innovation actors; Increased capacity to conduct excellent research and innovation through citizen science, while maximising other potential benefits of citizen science; Data infrastructures better aligned to the needs of citizen science, and improved data practices employed by citizen science initiatives; Europe positioned as a leader in citizen science throughout the entire research and innovation system with flourishing and mutually beneficial global collaborations.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €4 million for 1 project
  • Duration limit: No shorter than 3 years

Supporting and giving recognition to citizen science in the European Research Area

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-61 - pg 87
  • Contribute towards: Significant number of experimental citizen science initiatives kick-started; Significant number of citizen science initiatives supported to become sustainable; Significant number of newcomers to the Framework Programme and a significant number of citizens involved in co-producing scientific knowledge; Increased recognition of excellent citizen science initiatives throughout the European Research Area; Improved evidence base for making policy on citizen science.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €5 million for 1 project
  • Duration limit: No shorter than 4 years

SCIENCE EDUCATION topics

Developing a STE(A)M roadmap for Science Education in Horizon Europe

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-70 - pg 89
  • Contributes towards: Better knowledge on policy deficiencies and better understanding of needs; Identify synergies between second and third level education, and between education and business; Contributions to future Policy actions; Promoting an integrated learning continuum between second and third level education and between education and business; Convince students and citizens about the opportunities within policy areas such as the Green Deal, Digitisation and Health.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €1.5-1.75 million for 3 projects

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY topics

The challenges of research ethics and integrity in response to crisis: the coronavirus pandemic and beyond

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-90 - pg 94
  • Contribute towards: the activity proposed is expected to propose an operational ethics and integrity framework, which preserves the key ethics principles while supporting a rapid and effective response to a crisis and improving overall preparedness.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €4.5 million to 1 project
  • Note: proposals must include at least two participants from China, Korea and/or African countries nonassociated to Horizon Europe

Ensuring reliability and trust in quality of Research Ethics expertise in the context of new/emerging technologies

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-91 - pg 97
  • Contribute towards: The recent rapid development of new technologies with high potential socio-economic impact constitutes in this regard an important challenge: ensuring that technological transformations go hand in hand with the protection and promotion of fundamental rights thus ensuring that people can prosper, enjoy their rights and freedoms and live without discrimination. In this context, because of the continuous globalisation of the research activities involving those new technologies, the risk of ethics dumping, the exportation of unacceptable practices outside the EU is a growing concern. The action proposed should address these issues in mobilising the research ethics community and develop the necessary education, awareness and training actions as well as propose possible adaptation of the ethics review process.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €4.5 million to 1 project
  • Note: proposals must include at least two participants from China, Korea and/or African countries nonassociated to Horizon Europe

Call - European Research Area 2022 (pg 100)

Deadline for all grants in this call: 20 April 2022

DEEPENING THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA (pg 109)

OPEN SCIENCE topics

Stepping-up institutional and territorial changes towards open and responsible research and innovation

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-40 - pg 109
  • Contribute towards: Consolidated evidence base on sustainable institutional and territorial changes towards open and responsible research and innovation; A central point of expertise providing services and support for research and innovation institutions, and territories, to open up to society; A significant number of institutions and territories in the European Research Area (ERA) become more porous to society, align with the needs, values and expectations of society, improve the excellence of their research and innovation, promote gender equality, and reduce instances of ethical misconduct; Reduction in disparities between institutions and territories in terms of their attention to open and responsible research and innovation.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €5 million to 1 project

Increasing the reproducibility of scientific results

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-41 - pg 112
  • Contribute towards: Structured understanding of the underlying drivers, of concrete and effective interventions - funding, community-based, technical and policy - to increase reproducibility of the results of R&I; and of their benefits; Effective solutions, policy-, technical- and practice-based, to increase the reproducibility of R&I results in funding programmes, in communities and in the dissemination of scientific results; Greater collaboration, alignment of practices and joint action by stakeholders to increase reproducibility, including but not limited to training, specialised careers and guidelines for best practice.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €2 million to 2 projects

Supporting the development of aligned policies for open access books and monographs

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-42 - pg 114
  • Contribute towards: Improve the understanding of the current landscape of scientific book and monograph publishing in different fields of science in which it plays an important role, and in particular the bottlenecks in strategies and policies for their open access. Support aligned funder and institutional policies for open access monographs and books within the open science culture in the European Research Area and facilitate their coordination.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €2 million to 1 project
  • Duration limit: No longer than 24 months

Developing and piloting training on the practice of open and responsible research and innovation

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-44 - pg 115
  • Contribute towards: Consolidated evidence base on open and responsible research and innovation training for researchers at all stages of their careers across the European Research Area. Development and piloting of high-quality training to a significant number of researchers on diverse aspects of open and responsible research and innovation. Establishment of a platform for further development of training, mutual learning, and dissemination of recommendations to authorities and institutions responsible for researcher training.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €3.5 million to 1 project

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION topics

A European competence centre for science communication

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-60 - pg 122
  • Contribute towards: Consolidation of knowledge and development of guidelines, tools, innovative strategies, and recommendations to improve science communication for all research and innovation actors; Establishment of a European competence centre for science communication, sustained beyond the lifetime of funding; Increased networking and mutual learning, higher quality, more trustworthy, and more rapidly mobilised science communication by national authorities, businesses, civil society organisations, other stakeholders and projects.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €3 million to 1 project
  • Duration limit: More than 4 years

SCIENCE EDUCATION topics

Open schooling for science education and a learning continuum for all

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-70 - pg 124
  • Contribute towards: Promote creation of new partnerships that foster networking, sharing and applying science and technology research findings amongst teachers, researchers and professionals across different enterprises; Engage learners in meaningful real-life problem-solving situations, within education, the workplace and other learning environments; Encourage science studies and science careers by supporting cross-community networks of stakeholders to address issues such as the Green Deal, Health and Digitalisation; Increase female participation in science studies and science careers and deconstruct gender stereotypes; Foster, share and apply science and innovation research to different genres of enterprises eg start-ups, SMEs, entrepreneurs; Encourage mentoring across the different groups involved in the partnerships in order to take full advantage of science, technology, research and innovation; Encourage industry-funded innovation to become part of lifelong learning programmes
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: € 1.5 to 2 million/project for 3 projects

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY topics

The empirical and behavioural approach to research ethics and integrity

  • HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-91 - pg 129
  • Contribute towards: This action aims to improve the understanding of researchers’ behaviours and incorporate this knowledge in measures aiming at enhancing promotion of ethics and integrity principles through shared responsibility (individual and institutional), improved education and training processes and qualified mentoring and support. Guaranteeing a generalised and consistently high level of research ethics and integrity, could drastically improve the relevance, robustness, accessibility and dissemination of research results and enhance societal trust in the scientific process.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €3 million to 1 project

Are you interested in applying for funding from one of these actions? Why not pitch your idea here, the forum community can be a good source of feedback and you might even find a collaborator!

(IGDORE affiliates - if you’d like to discuss applying for a grant PM me)

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Here are the Open Science related actions for infrastructure projects in WP 3. Quite a few of these relate to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

WP-3 Research Infrastructures

(page numbers in this post refer to pdf at the WP-3 link, links are to the funding portal)


DESTINATION – DEVELOPING, CONSOLIDATING AND OPTIMISING THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES LANDSCAPE, MAINTAINING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP (INFRADEV) (pg 10)


Call - Developing, consolidating and optimising the European research infrastructures landscape, maintaining global leadership (2021) (pg 12)

Deadline for all grants in this call: 23 September 2021

Strengthen the bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Africa: improving the knowledge base on climate change in Africa

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01-02 - pg 14
  • Contribute towards: contribution to the new Commission strategy with Africa, notably to the following specific objectives: maximise the benefits of the green transition and minimise threats to the environment in full compliance with the Paris Agreement; rapidly enhance learning, knowledge and skills, research and innovation capacities (with attention to female and young researchers); enhanced research capacities in Africa for climate change observation; enhanced Euro-African cooperation in R&I on measurements for climate change observation.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €0.8 to 1.5 million for 1 project

:arrow_up: could be of interest to @jo.havemann and the AfricArXiv team

Transition to digital/remote research infrastructure service provision: lessons learnt, needs and best practices

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01-03 - pg 16
  • Contribute towards: increased resilience of research infrastructures during crisis; reduced ecological footprint of research infrastructure activities; wider access to research infrastructures and enlargement of their user base;
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €0.8 to 1.5 million for 1 project

Support to the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG)

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01-05 - pg 18
  • Contribute towards: cross-disciplinary and independent policy advice on digital matters related to EOSC and the digital transformation of the European Research Area; a more inclusive e-Infrastructure ecosystem, well coordinated with the ESFRI thematic clusters; improved coordination among National Open Science Clouds (NOSCs), National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), National HTC/Grid Infrastructures (NGIs) and all other national actors with national/pan-European links
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €0.3 million for 1 project

Call - Developing the European research infrastructures landscape, maintaining global leadership (2022) (pg 24) Deadline for all grants in call: 20 April 2022

Research infrastructure concept development

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2022-DEV-01-01 - pg 25
  • Contribute towards: sound science cases for new research infrastructures, including expected scientific breakthrough, gap analysis and feasibility/design studies to support planning and decision making at the national level (e.g. funding bodies, governments) and at European level (e.g. ESFRI); a better alignment of the development of the research infrastructure landscape with the advancement of excellent science and frontier research; new services and access opportunities available to the research community, allowing to better tackle scientific and societal challenges.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €1 to 3 million/project for 7 projects

DESTINATION – ENABLING AN OPERATIONAL, OPEN AND FAIR EOSC ECOSYSTEM (INFRAEOSC) (pg 28)


Call - Enabling an operational, open and FAIR EOSC ecosystem (2021) (pg 30)

Deadline for all grants in call: 23 September 2021

Open Science practices and a digitally-skilled workforce topics

Supporting an EOSC-ready digitally skilled workforce

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-01 - pg 31
  • Contribute towards: availability of highly and appropriately skilled professionals enabling the practice of Open Science with adequate knowledge of standards, applications and tools and best practices for delivering, managing, re-using, sharing and analysing FAIR data, as well as other digital research objects; researchers are able to transform the way they carry out research and exploit research outputs, leading to better quality and more productivity of research; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €7 million for 1 project

Supporting the development and coordination of activities of the EOSC Partnership

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-02 - pg 33
  • Contribute towards: EOSC has a consolidated and engaged community across the European Research Area with an increasing number of users and service providers able to offer and consume resources based on the EOSC rules of participation; well-coordinated activities underpinned by a consistent monitoring framework contribute to the achievement of the EOSC Partnership objectives; effective business models are defined to guarantee future sustainability and development of EOSC as a key element of open science; facilitated access to information to and from all EOSC stakeholders across countries, institutions, networks and initiatives.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €4 million for 1 project

Supporting EOSC-Core: Enabling access to the Web of FAIR data and services topics

Deploying EOSC-Core components for FAIR

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-03 - pg 36
  • Contribute towards: European researchers can find, access and re-use an increasing amount of research outputs across borders and disciplines through state-of-the-art technologies underpinning discoverability and interoperability of research outputs; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €10 million for 1 project

Innovative and customizable services for EOSC

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-04 - pg 38
  • Contribute towards: increased service offer and capabilities beyond the present landscape in addressing the current and anticipated needs of the research community at large; increased availability of (pre)operational services that can be customised and integrated in the existing workflows of researchers across different disciplines, facilitating the cross-disciplinary collaboration, reducing the time to results and increasing productivity.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €3 to 5 million/project for 4 projects

Building with the scientific community a Web of FAIR data for open science topics

Enabling discovery and interoperability of federated research objects across scientific communities

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-05 - pg 40
  • Contribute towards: improved findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability (“FAIRness”) of data and other research outputs by coordinating the implementation of frameworks and the alignment of FAIR data practices on metadata, persistent identifiers, etc.; wide uptake of and compliance with FAIR data principles and practices by national and European research data and metadata providers and repositories, leading to the development of the Web of FAIR data and related services; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €10 million for 1 project

FAIR and open data sharing in support of cancer research

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01-06 - pg 44
  • Contribute towards: researchers, healthcare professionals, cancer patients and survivors contributing to cancer research regularly interact with EOSC to store, share, access, analyse and process research data and other research digital objects from their own discipline, across disciplines and national borders; open and FAIR data are the new norm for research conducted under this mission area; EU-wide sharing of research data relevant to this area is shown to be a critical mechanism to facilitate cancer research across Member States and Associated Countries; contribute to guaranteeing safety of patients’ data while at the same time contributing to research advancement. Engaging with patients/survivors in the sharing, access and use of data; EOSC grows into a trusted research and innovation data space and service platform in Europe that supports the interdisciplinary community involved in this mission area; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership and other relevant partnerships related to cancer research.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €8 million for 1 project

Call - Enabling an operational, open and FAIR EOSC ecosystem (2022) (pg 47)

Deadline for all grants in this call: 20 April 2022

Open Science practices and a digitally-skilled workforce topics

Services and tools to underpin a research assessment system that incentivises open science practices

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2022-EOSC-01-01 - pg 48
  • Contribute towards: enable a rewards and recognition system based on a new generation of (qualitative or quantitative) metrics and indicators, leading to a culture and system change that increases the quality and impact, the creativity and the transparency of and trust in science; establish a system of qualitative information based on community-led curation and annotations of research outcomes that feeds into a revamped rewards and recognition system; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €2 to 3 million/project for 3 projects

Improving and coordinating technical infrastructure for institutional open access publishing across Europe

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2022-EOSC-01-02 - pg 50
  • Contribute towards: a robust pan-European network of infrastructures, with all necessary relevant service-provision, that brings together already existing not-for-profit and no APC-based (‘diamond’) open access publishing initiatives in order to become an integral part of EOSC – in particular through effective support to the FAIR principles and sharing common technical infrastructure standards; a comprehensive toolbox to implement common standards for technical infrastructure and service provision available in open source repositories and adopted within the network and beyond; interoperable data exchange and crosslinking among the network and with FAIR-compliant data repositories and other open access infrastructures already used by the research community in order to foster the concept of ”single-point of access to services and content”; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €5 million for 1 project
  • Deadline:

Building with the scientific community a Web of FAIR data for open science topics

FAIR and open data sharing in support of healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2022-EOSC-01-03 - pg 53
  • Contribute towards: seamless interactions between EOSC, operational dataspaces or environments (e.g. EMODnet, Copernicus Marine Service, Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS), etc.), researchers and other stakeholders contributing to restoring healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters to store, share, access, analyse and process research data and other research digital objects from their own discipline, across research infrastructures, disciplines and national borders; open and FAIR data is the new norm for research contributing to restoring healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters; EU-wide sharing of research data relevant to this area is shown to be a critical mechanism to facilitate ocean and water restoration across Member States and Associated Countries; EOSC grows into a trusted research and innovation data space and service platform in Europe that supports the interdisciplinary research community involved in this mission area; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership and other relevant partnerships related to restoring healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €6 - 8 million/project for 2 projects

Support for initiatives helping to generate global standards, specifications and recommendations for open sharing of FAIR research data, publications and software

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2022-EOSC-01-04 - pg 56
  • Contribute towards: standards, recommendations and methodologies essential for putting FAIR principles into practice and supporting the development of the EOSC ecosystem are developed in alignment with international efforts and practices; contribute to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership.
  • Type: Community and support action
  • Expected funding: €3 million for 1 project

DESTINATION – RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES TO SUPPORT HEALTH RESEARCH, ACCELERATE THE GREEN AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, AND ADVANCE FRONTIER KNOWLEDGE (INFRASERV) (pg 58)


Call - Research infrastructure services to support health research, accelerate the green and digital transformation, and advance frontier knowledge (2021) (pg 60)

Deadline for all grants in this call: 23 September 2021

Research infrastructures services advancing frontier knowledge topics

Research infrastructures services advancing frontier knowledge

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-SERV-01-07 - pg 82
  • Contribute towards: wider, simplified, and more efficient access to the best research infrastructures available to researchers to conduct curiosity-driven research, irrespective of location; breakthrough and leading-edge research enabled by advanced research infrastructure services made available to a wider user community; improved and harmonised RI services and broader use of RI resources across Europe deriving from the exploitation of synergies and complementarities; a new generation of researchers trained to optimally exploit all the essential tools for their research; cross-disciplinary fertilisations and a wider sharing of information, knowledge and technologies across scientific fields fostered by closer interactions between researchers active in and around research infrastructures; better management, including implementing FAIR data principle, of the continuous flow of data collected or produced by research infrastructures.
  • Type: Research and innovation action
  • Expected funding: €10 to 14.5 million/project for 3 projects
  • Notes: In 2021, the scientific domains called under this topic are: Geosphere, including geo-hazards and geo-resources; Biosphere: terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, including Arctic and forest; Particle and nuclear physics.
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How Europe’s €100-billion science fund will shape 7 years of research

As Horizon Europe issues its first call for grants, Nature reviews some big changes — from open science to goal-oriented ‘missions’.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00496-z

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Note: I restructured both of the posts where I originally listed grants so that they followed the WP, Destination, Call, Topic, Action structure of Horizon Europe and added some extra details and calls I’d missed

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There have been a few info day presentations for Horizon Europe. Recordings for the work packages related to the grants above are available here:

https://horizon-europe-infodays2021.eu/event/era-widening

https://horizon-europe-infodays2021.eu/event/research-infrastructures