European Research Council and open access
The ERC has always been a strong supporter of open access. The ERC Scientific Council's first statement on open access affirmed its commitment to make research results from ERC funded projects available in open access repositories.
In 2007, the Scientific Council adopted its guidelines on open access, stating that all peer-reviewed publications from ERC-funded research projects should be made freely available within six months of publication.
At its last plenary session on 20 June 2012, the ERC's Scientific Council re-affirmed its open access policy and strongly encouraged the use of discipline-specific repositories. The ERC budget foreseen for supporting Europe PMC in 2013 is estimated to be € 90.000.
A recent analysis undertaken by the ERC on a sample of more than 600 journal articles indicates that ERC grantees are already performing well: 62% of journal articles from ERC projects are available in open access. The share varies across research domains with figures close to 70% in Life Sciences, 65% in Physical Sciences and Engineering, and 50% in Social Sciences and Humanities.
Next week, the European Commission will also announce policy proposals about open access as part of its efforts to complete the European Research Area.
About the European Research Council (ERC)
Set up in 2007 by the European Union, the ERC aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best creative researchers of any nationality and age based in the EU.
Since its launch, the ERC has funded more than 2500 researchers and their frontier research projects. The ERC operates according to an 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', approach, allowing researchers to identify new opportunities in all fields of research (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities).
The ERC, which is the newest component of the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme, has a total budget of €7.5 billion from 2007 to 2013. Last year, the European Commission proposed a substantial increase in the ERC's budget for 2014 to 2020 under the new framework programme ('Horizon 2020').
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.