This call specifically targets smaller community projects to show cross-disciplinary implementation and take up of RDA Recommendation and Outputs within the EOSC context. Emphasis should be on supporting and encouraging examples of adoption of existing RDA recommendations and other outputs which can benefit the community around EOSC and to promote examples and lessons learnt, especially around open and community-led standards, and cross-domain interoperability.


One of the over-arching goals of EOSC Future is to support a common understanding of Open Science, FAIR data and services and about what EOSC has to offer in support of user communities working within and beyond their disciplinary boundaries. The Strategic and Research Innovation Agenda of EOSC reiterates this by stating EOSC can support cross-disciplinary research through the federation and interoperability of research data. To develop this concept further, existing standards for the interoperability of data, one of the core functions of RDA, should be tested and adapted for use across disciplines in the EOSC environment, thus widening EOSC engagement and adoption of cross-disciplinary research best practices.


The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a major European initiative to foster Open Science and harmonize and integrate key European research, computing and data infrastructures for new digital way to do science. This initiative has been supported by several European Commission grants and projects. EOSC Future is one of the largest and most influential projects supporting this initiative. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a major international initiative to standardize and respond to research data related challenges globally. RDA has a global membership of over 12 000 experts, and has a 10-year track record on bringing these experts together to provide concrete research data solutions for scientists, repositories and scientific organisations. RDA provides an open forum where research communities, data science experts, and infrastructure builders and managers discuss shared experiences and work on solutions, in particular interoperability solutions.

RDA is running a series of calls in the context of the EOSC Future project, to further enable integration and take up of EOSC services. The purpose of the grants is to support research communities working in RDA in their endeavour to contribute to EOSC, with a particular focus on involving communities not yet involved in EOSC Future or other EOSC activities.

EOSC is a new concept for many disciplinary communities and this call provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding and enabling a two-way communication and collaboration around the EOSC initiative and the EOSC core and associated services.

The RDA Open Calls programme will offer up to 4 grants of maximum €50.000,00 per grant to support the work in this area over the course of the EOSC Future project.

Who can apply?   

This programme is designed to support cross-disciplinary adoption cases in the context of EOSC . RDA welcomes applications from people or groups who are committed to RDA, FAIR-ification of data and Open Science. These can be junior/senior researchers, and data scientists and can be based in research groups or institutions, or SMEs across Europe, provided they meet the criteria below. Please check with the RDA Grants team RDA Open Calls: for clarification of your status, if you are unsure.

Criteria and conditions    

  • Applicants should demonstrate that they have been or are currently involved in RDA as an active member, participant, chair or contributor or member of a Working Group or Interest Group. Activity in the last 12-18 months is considered a major advantage.
  • Be proactive and willing to contribute to RDA recommendations or outputs testing and adoption particularly in European institutions.
  • Have a good understanding of EOSC, the FAIR movement.
  • Reside and/or work in a EU country or associate countries.

Further conditions   

  • This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium. Staff working on the EOSC Future project (i.e., directly funded through a beneficiary (its department or unit executing EOSC Future activities), as a LTP or seconded personnel) are not eligible to apply for grants under the RDA Open Calls and will be asked to tick a Declaration of Honour box upon application. Other staff of these participating institutions are eligible.
  • All successful applicants will have to provide a plan for a sound dissemination of the outputs created, openly licensed. A mid-term and final term report will be submitted, following a contractual agreement, highlighting progress, use cases and lessons learned.
  • All results will be made available on the RDA site for 4 years. Successful applicants may be asked to share their details (photo, bio) for dissemination purposes.
  • The contracted work will need to be completed within 6 – 9months within receipt of award.
  • One grant max per organisation is allowed, however this call could accept complementary applications from different organisations.

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