Horizon 2020, Research Data Management, You, and Us.

Horizon 2020[i] is the European Union’s latest research and innovation funding programme, making €80 billion available in the seven years between now and 2020.

Horizon 2020 embraces the global movement amongst research funders that requires data generated be made available for verification, reuse, repurposing, and innovation. Consequently, Horizon 2020 project applications participating in the Open Research Data Pilot require a Data Management Plan (DMP) [PDF] [ii]. Other projects are encouraged to submit a Data Management Plan if relevant for their planned research.

What does this plan cover? On a basic level it requires a statement on types of data the project uses and plans for long-term availability, discoverability and usability for others of data created by a Horizon 2020 project.

The Archive and Data Management Training Center at GESIS is happy to help with your Horizon 2020 DMP, both writing and implementation one, from project conception to data archiving and beyond.

The center specialises in Research Data Management and digital preservation as part of the GESIS Data Archive for Social Science. Our team come from social science research backgrounds, pursue active research careers, and have experience dealing in the range of data social science researchers work with and the issues they face when doing data management. Issues like dealing with intellectual property matters, data discovery, producing descriptive metadata, privacy concerns, informed consent, data citation, security and back-up, and depositing data into an archive.

Thinking about data management early in a project is critical to producing good quality, reusable, preservable data. We are available for consultations, project specific training events, or invite you to one of our RDM or digital preservation training workshops.

You can learn more about us and our activities from our website, or follow us on twitter. We are also happy to hear from you directly.


[i] European Commission (2013) What is Horizon 2020? http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020 accessed 20 February 2014.

[ii] European Commission (2013) Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020 Version 1.0 http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/oa_pilot/h2020-hi-oa-data-mgt_en.pdf accessed 20 February 2014.