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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, July 2023

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools, events, as well as the latest news from the swissuniversities Open Science Programme.

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Would you like to announce your OA or ORD event or share an update from your Open Science project? We invite you to send us your news item to . The next Newsletter will be published in September, the deadline for submitting news is 4 Sept.

Best regards,

The Open Science Team at swissuniversities




Two new ORD Call for Projects now open!

The Open Science Programme of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions in the following action lines:

--> Action Line C2.2: RDM-Training in Curricula

We welcome project proposals that aim to develop a model curriculum for a specific discipline which integrates research data management (RDM) into the training of PhD students and junior researchers. Preference is given to concepts with high potential for use at other institutions and other disciplines. If applicable, project proposals should involve the different types of higher education institutions and other relevant actors in the field of RDM.

Submission deadline: 7 September 2023Link to the application guidelines

--> Action Line D1.3: Incentives and Rewards

As a step towards incentivizing and rewarding ORD practices, interested higher education institutions may submit a project proposal for promoting interinstitutional exchange regarding ORD practices and dissemination of best practices in recruitment and career advancement processes, all related to fostering ORD practices. This cultural shift calls for communication and awareness-raising activities (e.g., workshops, conferences, and other formats). The approaches developed should also align with Europe-wide developments concerning the reform of research assessment systems.

Submission deadline: 7 September 2023Link to the application guidelines


still open: ORD: Swiss Open Research Data Grants – CHORD

swissuniversities and the ETH Domain jointly organise the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. This collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and across higher education institutions in Switzerland. This grant programme thereby facilitates synergies and complementarities in the ORD landscape. Researchers from all disciplines and all types of higher education and research institutions are welcome to submit their project ideas.

--> The second call for Track C “Contribute projects” closes on 19 July 2023

Junior and senior researchers are invited to submit project ideas that improve existing ORD practices/tools and their scientific impact and technical quality by:

  • Advancing existing open communities by contributing a piece of software, data or hardware that improves an established ORD practice;
  • Curating and improving available ORD; and
  • Providing community services, such as the organisation of a workshop or training.

The max. overall budget is CHF 100,000 (including matching funds), the max. project duration is from 1 Jan 2024 until 31 Dec 2024.

The submission deadline is 19 July 2023, and the evaluation decision is scheduled for October 2023. The application guidelines for Track C are available here.


still open: updated Open Access Call for Communication & Awareness Raising Projects

The Open Science Programme of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on Awareness Raising & Communication on a rolling basis.

The application guidelines have been adapted to encourage communication and awareness raising activities with a national and/or a regional scope.

More information regarding the Open Access Implementation Plan, the relevant action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2023 Open Access Call for Projects".

For more information about this call, see the guidelines here.

You can find the contacts of Open Access officers at Swiss higher education institutions on our website. If there are any changes at your institution, please .




Lunch & Learn event series on Open Science  

The Lunch&Learn Open Science event series is intended to provide members of the UZH and other interested parties with a brief overview of various aspects of Open Science on a monthly basis. Topics such as the Open Science Policy, Open Access, Rights Retention Strategy, Image Rights, Research Assessment and much more will be covered. The event is organized by the Open Science Services team of the University Library and takes place online during lunch on Zoom. Each event starts with a half-hour input talk at 12.30pm and closes with an open Q&A session until about 1.30pm. Further information on the individual events and registration can be found here:  After the summer break in July, the event series continues on the 24th of August: Susanna Marazza from CCdigitallaw will inform about “Funder requirements and publishers’ conditions”.


The first SYoS lecture and workshop have been successfully held on 7 and 8 June 2023 at ETH Zurich.

A blog post for each event is now published:

The second SYoS lecture will be held on 11 October 2023. Please save the date – more information will be posted soon on the SYoS blog.


First Call for National Prize for Open Research Data

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are launching the National Prize for Open Research Data (ORD Prize). This is part of the Action Plan "Open Research Data" implemented by the Academies as part of the National Strategy for Open Research Data. This newly launched prize aims to recognize researchers for innovative practices in the field of Open Research Data (ORD) and aims to promote the transition to open research practices.

In 2023, the National ORD Prize is themed "Reuse of Research Data." Researchers from all career levels and scientific disciplines can apply. Early-career researchers are also encouraged to apply. In total, three ORD prizes will be awarded: a Golden Award (10’000 CHF), a Silver Award (7’000 CHF), and a Bronze Award (4’000 CHF).

Applications can be made using the application form on the website and are accepted until 31 Aug 2023, 5pm CEST.


Join Our Team: Exciting Job Opportunities at swissuniversities

Have a look at the open positions and internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development.

More information can be found here.


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