Commission launches Manifesto to maximise accessibility of research results in fight against Covid-19
On 28 July 2020, the Commission has launched a Manifesto to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against the coronavirus. The Manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment.
The guiding principles include making generated results public and accessible without delay. Scientific papers and research data should be made available in open access without delay and following the FAIR principles via preprint servers or public repositories. Where possible, time limited, non-exclusive royalty free licences for the intellectual property until one year after the WHO declaration that coronavirus is no longer a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ should be granbted.
The Manifesto seeks the voluntary support and endorsement from public and private stakeholders. The following organisations have already endorsed the Manifesto: YERUN, EMBL, ALLEA, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, PSI Switzerland, Irish Agriculture and Food Authority, ESRF from France.