IDIBELL receives european funding to promote open science and innovation

  • IDIBELL is one of the partners of the project selected in the European SwafS training call.
  • The project aims to create online courses that help pre-doctoral researchers to acquire transversal skills for the future of their careers.

The european grants SwafS Research Innovation Needs & Skills Training in Ph.D. programs want to promote those initiatives focused on promoting innovation, open science, and entrepreneurship among predoctoral researchers through the creation of specific courses. IDIBELL is part of one of the projects that have been selected in this edition to receive total funding of almost 300,000 euros.

The initiative is led by the University of Stavanger in Norway, and also has the participation of the University of Turin and the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo from Italy, the University of Girona, the CEEIBURGOS, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and IDIBELL. The objective of the consortium is to create a set of online courses focused on doctoral programs that provide the necessary skills to facilitate a successful job search for pre-doctoral researchers. The project follows the recommendations of the European Union, about quality education, presented in the “New Skills Agenda” and the “Modernisation Agenda“, based on the “What”, “How” and “When” to acquire this knowledge and abilities.

Specifically, IDIBELL will participate in two working groups: open science and open innovation. The courses will be aimed to enhancing the skills to extract information from the most relevant databases, generate statistical reports, analyze data in a reproducible way, apply the FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse), create a data management plan, and understand the ethical and legal aspects that data storage and sharing imply in biomedical and clinical research.

The courses created at IDIBELL, as well as those created by the rest of the institutions, will be accessible to all project partners and will be posted on a digital platform so that everyone interested can take them.


Principles of open science and innovation


Open innovation and science is a movement promoted by the European Commission that encourages free access by all citizens to science and the results that this generates. This new model intends that the research will be transparent, accessible, and done with and for society. For this reason, actions such as free access to scientific results, data, and resources are promoted.

In open science and innovation, we want to ensure that all the information related to the scientific research will be universally accessible and without restrictions. This not only implies that all scientific publications were freely accessible (Open Access), also means share the data, processes, methodologies, software, workflows with which these results have been achieved, and make public the reviews and comments of the experts on scientific articles.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006544.

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