European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is one of the about 50 proposed European Partnerships under Horizon Europe. It aims to accelerate the deployment and consolidation of an open, trusted, virtual, federated environment in Europe to store, share and re-use research data across borders and scientific disciplines and provide access to rich array of related services.

A Web of FAIR Data and Related Services for Science 

The Partnership will bring together institutional, national and European initiatives and engage all relevant stakeholders to jointly develop a science commons where data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) and where research-enabling and other services are made available throughout Europe.

This European contribution to a “Web of FAIR Data and Related Services for Science” will enhance the possibilities for researchers to find, share and reuse publications, data, and software leading to new insights and innovations, higher research productivity and improved reproducibility in science.

EOSC Partnership Association 

The current EOSC governance, consisting of the EOSC Executive and Governance Boards (EB and GB) has worked with the EC DG RTD and DG CNECT towards the consolidation of a stable version of the EOSC Partnership Proposal document. This version has been published as a living document by the Commission already alongside all other partnership candidate proposals. These proposals are now being taken into the next step of preparation, which includes the gathering of potential commitments, by relevant, interested stakeholders.

Conceived as a co-programmed European partnership, the EOSC candidate partnership requires the existence of a legal entity to enter into a contractual arrangement with the European Commission. The legal entity will be incorporated in Belgium in the form of an international not-for-profit association (AISBL – Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) with the legal personality being granted by royal decree. This process of incorporation can take 4 to 6 months. The EOSC Association will be flexible and should be able to grow as required. The aim is that interested organisations will be able to join the Association as soon as possible after it is constituted. This procedure is thought to allow the fast setting up of the EOSC Association, while ensuring the inclusiveness that the EOSC community requires.

How to participate 

If you feel that you want to shape and contribute to the future of openness of science data in Europe, do not hesitate to register your interest in joining the EOSC Association at an early stage via the following  link:

For further information, we are happy to discuss with you, feel free to contact Stefano Pozzi Mucelli, PhD, Senior Advisor – European R&D and Innovation Support.


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