Friday, 31 July, 2020
The European Commission has launched a manifesto with the aim of maximising the accessibility of COVID-19 research results.
The manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment.
It commits stakeholders to:
The Commission is seeking the voluntary support and endorsement of all public and private stakeholders benefitting from EU funding, other research funders and prominent individuals and institutions. Organisations including the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Young European Research Universities Network (Yerun), and All European Academies (ALLEA) have already pledged their support.
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel has endorsed the manifesto, saying: 'The importance of cooperating closely across the EU and beyond, supporting open science and the principles of open access against coronavirus has never been more evident'.
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