Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER)

Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER) aims to support different stakeholders, but particularly young researchers, in adopting open access in the context of the European Research Area (ERA) and in complying with the open access policies and rules of participation set out for Horizon 2020 (H2020). FOSTER is co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework programme for research, technical development and demonstration activities and will run from 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2016.

The main objectives of FOSTER are:

  • Support different stakeholders, especially young researchers, in adopting open access in the context of the European Research Area (ERA) and in complying with the open access policies and rules of participation set out for Horizon 2020
  • Integrate open access principles and practice in the current research workflow by targeting the young researcher training environment
  • Strengthen the institutional training capacity to foster compliance with the open access policies of the ERA and Horizon 2020
  • Facilitate the adoption, reinforcement and implementation of open access policies from other European funders, in line with the European Commission’s recommendation

The primary activities involved with pursuing these objectives are:

  • Identifying existing content that can be consolidated, reformatted and reused in the context of training activities within FOSTER; developing, creating and enhancing content where necessary
  • Creation of the FOSTER Portal to support e-learning, blended learning and self-learning, for dissemination of training materials/contents, and also incorporating a Helpdesk
  • Delivery of face-to-face training with a particular focus on training the trainers to enable further training and dissenination activites within their own institutions, countries and disciplinary communities.

The FOSTER project has 13 partners across 8 different countries:

Start date: 
02/2014
End date: 
01/2016