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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, July 2022

Dear colleagues,

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter in English, which informs you regularly about our program and its scope.

For any question you may have, please feel free to contact us at the following address: 



Open Research Data


Swiss Open Research Data Grants: Call for proposals for Track A “Explore projects”

Track A: Explore projects encompass early-phase exploration as well as the testing and prototyping of a potential ORD practice. They allow for engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The objective is to help researchers explore if and how ORD practices can be developed.

Two calls for proposals are issued for this track. The first call is currently open with a deadline of August 2, 2022. The second call will be issued from October 31, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
The application guidelines are available here. The links to the relevant forms are included in the application guidelines.

Further information can be found on the "Swiss Open Research Data Grants" website.


Action line B5.2: Action plans on data stewardship

Action line B5.2 of the ORD Action Plan aims to promote data stewardship and ORD specialists at all higher education and research institutions. Data stewardship is the focus of the first implementation step until 2024.

All eligible higher education institutions are invited to describe their ideas and intentions for building up data stewardship at their institution in the form of a brief action plan. The hand-out is available on our website (GermanFrench). The deadline for the call for proposals is October 1, 2022. 

More detailed information about the call and the relevant forms can be found on our website.


Open Access & Regulatory Framework 


Call for Projects – Open Action Lines for 2022

The call for projects "Open Access" for the following actions lines is now closed:

  • Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures
  • International participations
  • Alternative forms of publication
  • Research Assessment

The received applications will be evaluated by the experts from the Open Science Program Reviewers Pool, who will provide their recommendations. The final decision will be made by the Open Science Delegation by September 30, 2022. More information regarding the action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2022 Open Access Call for Projects".

All information about the call will be published under this link.


Call for Tenders – Regulatory Framework

The deadline for responding to the call for tenders "Regulatory Framework" is now closed. The Open Science team has received one offer that will be evaluated by the experts from the Open Science Program Reviewers Pool, who will provide their recommendations. The final decision will be made by the Open Science Delegation by September 30, 2022.




Call for Members –  Sounding Board for Researchers for Open Research Data

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is assigned to establish a permanent Sounding Board of researchers and its administration. The Sounding Board will advise the Strategy Council on the implementation of the ORD Action Plan by bringing in the perspective of Swiss research. The Swiss Academies is seeking members who have a keen interest in Open Science and have already gained experience in ORD research practices. Members of the Sounding Board should be affiliated with a Swiss higher education institution and be able to showcase ORD practices within their field of expertise.

The application deadline is August 7, 2022 and more information about the call and the selection process can be found under the following link.




Call for interest – Towards an agreement on reforming research assessment

The European Commission has called for organisations to express their interest in being part of a coalition on reforming research assessment. The coalition will bring together research funding organisations, research performing organisations, national/regional assessment authorities or agencies, associations of research funders, of research performers, of researchers, as well as, learned societies and other relevant organisations, all willing and committed to implement reforms to the current research assessment system. This follows a year of extensive consultations with stakeholders, and the coalition will remain open to new members at all time, therefore feel free to join via this link.

More information regarding the scoping report can be found here



The EUA Open Science Agenda 2025

The EUA has established its Open Science strategy for 2025. It has three priority areas:

  1. Open Access to scholarly outputs,
  2. FAIR research data, and
  3. institutional approaches to research assessment.

For more information, feel free to check the detailed document here.


Horizon Europe project “DIAMAS”

As mentioned in the May issue of this newsletter, the EUA has signed up to the “Action Plan for Diamond Open Access”. Parts of the action plan will initially be taken forward under the umbrella of the Horizon Europe project ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS; 2022–2025). The objective of DIAMAS is to provide the research community with an aligned, high-quality, and sustainable scholarly communication ecosystem, capable of implementing Open Access as a standard publication practice across the European Research Area.

Click here for more information.




SNSF joins cOAlition S 

The SNSF has decided to join cOAlition S, the largest international initiative of research funders aimed at achieving Open Access. As a member of cOAlition S, the SNSF will implement what is known as Plan S. Further information, including the implications for SNFS funded research, are available here.


The French Open Science Monitor (BSO): Two versions are now available

The Open Science Monitor (BSO) aims to measure the progress made in France regarding Open Access. Two versions of the Monitor are now available. The first is a General Monitor which describes the level and modalities of French scientific publications from all disciplines. The second is the Health Monitor focusing on health research. Work on enriching the Monitor is ongoing and its latest update is accessible here.




Open Science and Data Protection: What do I need to keep in mind?
Anna Kuhn | Data Protection Officer at SWITCH, Attorney at Law, CIPP/E  (LinkedIn)

► Online webinar taking place on Thursday July 21, 2022 from 11:00 to 12:00 pm

The first part of the presentation will be about SWITCH and the recently founded legal consultancy SWITCHlegal ( Participants will get insights on the working areas of SWITCH for Higher Education and Research Institutions and in particular how institutions can benefit from legal support at SWITCH. In the second part, Anna Kuhn will talk about data protection requirements in connection with Open Science and provide tips and tricks when processing personal data. The final part will be an open discussion and participants are invited to ask their questions.

Anna Kuhn is Data Protection Officer (DPO), Product Manager SWITCHlegal, and Secretary General at SWITCH. Some of her main areas of focus include ICT law, including data protection law, telecommunications law, procurement law, internet governance, licensing law, intellectual property law. Anna is Data Protection Officer at SWITCH, responsible for consulting and training at SWITCH in data protection matters, as well as Head of SWITCHlegal for advising the BFI community on ICT-related legal matters.

► Registration for this event is free and can be submitted here.


Webinar: Focus on Open Science – Beyond Transformative Agreement

Stockholm University hosted the 37th chapter of the series “Focus on Open Science”. The online event focused on a possible future beyond transformative agreements and included keynotes from notable speakers, such as Astrid Söderbergh Widding, the President of Stockholm University.

In her note, Söderbergh Widding acknowledged transformative agreements as important steps, but also argued that one needs to go beyond them to avoid stagnation in open science efforts. For the President of Stockholm University, transformative agreements do not bring the necessary change to the system. She claimed that academia needs to take back the control over the publishing system and alternative publishing models should be tested. Söderbergh Widding’s speech ended with the appeal: “The system will never be changed by itself – action is needed now!

You find a recording of the entire event here.




ICT Application Manager - Science IT - University of Fribourg
Start date: September 1st or as per agreement


The University of Fribourg has an open position for an ICT Application Manager within the Science IT team at the University of Fribourg (FR description / DE description).

While it may not be obvious from the job description, prior experience with REDCap would be a bonus as this position is related to the REDCap@UniFR platform (FR/DE).




  • Open Access Days – September 19-21, 2022 | University Library of Bern
    Further information will be published on the event page.
  • Science Europe Open Science Conference 2022 – October 18-19, 2022 | Brussels & hybrid
    Science Europe is organising its first conference on Open Science on 18 and 19 October 2022. The goal is to bring together institutional leaders, researchers at all stages of their careers, and experts from the field to discuss two main questions:
    • Is Open Science ready to become the norm in research?
    • How do we ensure an equitable transition to Open Science?
    Fore more information regarding this conference, please feel free to click here


We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your own news. Your news can be Open Science events, conferences, workshops, open positions and relevant news related to OS projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. In order to be included in our upcoming newsletter, feel free to send us the English title and text to at the latest by the first Monday of each month.

With thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team from swissuniversities

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