Joint Research Centre (JRC): non-nuclear direct actions

Grants for direct activities of the Joint Research Centre to reinforce the analysis of policies, impact assessment or strategic intelligence about the trends on science and technology, among others.
Topic / Target >GARRI.3.2014 Scientific Information in the Digital Age: Text and Data Mining (TDM)


Specific challenge:
TDM is the process of deriving information from machine-read material and is an essential feature in open science and innovation. It has enabled new innovations, with ramifications not only for research itself but also for the economy and society. Building upon present knowledge is an important component of research that leads to new innovations. TDM therefore has a huge potential for research and innovation and the economy as a whole. However, there are significant barriers which hinder the more widespread use of TDM in the European Union.

This proposals shall study TDM in the modern research environment and its relations with societal implications, with the following foci:
- Policy developments and legal framework in the EU and its Member States (including copyright exemptions);
- Increasing awareness of TDM in institutional settings and among stakeholders, as well as the skills, rewards and support involved in using this technology.

Technical requirements for an optimal TDM infrastructure shall be dealt as part of the call ion e-Infrastructures in the Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructure) Work Programme (topic EINFRA 1-2014 – Managing, preserving and computing with big research data). Nevertheless, the winning proposals in these two calls are expected to engage in a mutual dialogue and establish synergies in their work.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
This action will reduce barriers in order to increase the uptake of TDM by researchers and innovative businesses as a tool in the co-creation of knowledge, which will result in wider and more efficient circulation of knowledge and ultimately lead to a R&I policy that is more relevant for and responsive to society.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 02/10/2014
Total budget
for this call: 8,300,000
(CSA) H2020-GARRI-2014-1 Coordination & support action
Budget: EUR 1.5 million
Developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation

Science is a crucial element in the dynamic of societies. In our interconnected and globalised world, the impact of new scientific knowledge grows steadily. How to ensure that outcomes resulting from R&I will correspond to the needs of the various societal actors and be suitable for society in the long run? In order to do this, all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) must work together during the whole R&I process to align the R&I outcomes to the values, needs and expectations of European society is termed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

In order to increase the relevance of research and innovation policies for society, policy makers and decision makers in funding bodies are invited to constantly adapt the governance framework so as to induce society-friendly, research and innovation.

In order to reach this objective, the activities of this call will aim at:
- Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation uptake in current research and innovations systems (including in industrial context);
- Underpinning activities related to Text and Data Mining (TDM), innovative approach to release and disseminate research results and measure their impact;
- Promoting ethics in research, including research integrity, reducing the risk of ethics dumping of non-ethical practices to non EU countries.
- Supporting the Science with and for Society National Contact Point (NCP) in Horizon 2020; and National Contact Point for quality standards and horizontal issues.

These activities are targeted to researchers and innovators, policy and decision makers at national, regional and local levels, higher education establishments, but also citizens (and their associations or groupings), science museums, media, artists, creative industries, etc.

The expected outcome of European Commission actions is to improve the uptake of Responsible Research and Innovation in governance frameworks, addressing the risks and benefits and the respect of fundamental European values.

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