Open Access in Horizon 2020

The Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy underlines the central role of knowledge and innovation in generating growth. This is why the EU wants to improve access to scientific information and to boost the benefits of public investment in research through Horizon 2020, a funding program for scientific research and innovation of the European Commission.

This means making publicly-funded scientific information available online, at no extra cost, to European researchers, innovative industries and the public, while ensuring that it is preserved in the long term.

The most effective way to ensure that search results are accessible, read and used as a basis for further research, is that they are visible open access.

In the Guidelines of the H2020 program the European Commission:

• indicates the use of repositories (for Politecnico researchers: Porto@ Iris) as a tool for depositing publications

• requires that any peer-reviewed article, published under H2020 program,  is deposited in a repository and made available open access immediately after publication or no later than 6 months from the official date of publication (12 months for the SSH area).

• indicates that it is possible to upload both the Publisher version  and Postprint / Author's accepted manuscript

• remind researchers that any costs for open access publication (APC) are eligible for reimbursement if they have been foreseen in the budget at the proposal stage

The Research Support Department of ​​the Politecnico di Torino has elaborated  the document  “Open Access in H2020: handbook (Italian version (629.74 kB) - English version) (612.52 kB) which provides the main operating methods for fulfilling the obligations established by European Commission for peer-reviewed scientific publications produced as part of the projects funded by the European Research and Innovation Funding Program Horizon 2020 (H2020).


A useful contribution: Winning Horizon 2020 with Open Science?