European Commission - Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
According to the ERC Scientific Council's Open Access Guidelines: “The mission of the European Research Council (ERC) is to support excellent research in all fields of science and scholarship. The main outputs of this research are new knowledge, ideas and understanding, which the ERC expects its researchers to publish in peer-reviewed articles and monographs. The ERC considers that providing free online access to these materials is the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of the research it funds can be accessed, read, and used as the basis for further research. […] The ERC, therefore, supports the principle of open access to the published output of research as a fundamental part of its mission.” Under Horizon 2020, beneficiaries of ERC grants2 must ensure open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results. The detailed requirements on open access to publications are contained in the Horizon 2020 ERC Model Grant Agreement (Article 29.2).