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EASPD co-signs Manifesto on EU COVID-19 Research calling for the full accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic scientific research has played a crucial role in how countries across Europe have worked to prevent, treat and manage the spread of the virus. In an effort to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against covid-19 the European Commission have launched a manifesto on EU COVID-19 Research.

EASPD has joined hundreds of other organisations in supporting the European Commission’s Manifesto, which 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.

In line with the manifest  EASPD agrees  and  endorses  the  principles  below  when  dealing  with  research  results  stemming  from  EU  funded  research  grants  related  to  COVID-19  on  prevention  (including  vaccines),  testing and treatment:

  • Make the generated results, whether tangible or intangible, public and accessible without delay, for instance on the Horizon Results Platform, on an existing IP sharing platform, or through an existing patent pool.
  • Make scientific papers and research data available in open access without delay and following the FAIR principles via preprint servers or public repositories, with rights for others  to  build  upon  the  publications  and  data  and  with  access  to  the  tools  needed  for  their  validation.  In particular, make COVID-19 research data available through the European COVID-19 Data Platform.
  • Where possible, grant for a limited time3, non-exclusive royalty free licences on the intellectual property resulting from EU-funded research. These non-exclusive royalty free licenses shall be given in exchange for the licensees’ commitment  to rapidly   and   broadly   distribute   the   resulting   products  and  services  under  fair  and  reasonable  conditions  to  prevent, diagnose, treat and contain COVID-19.

To find out more, or endorse the manifesto, click here.