Fostering the uptake
of Open Science 
in Europe



1st Open Call is now closed. Learn more!



OSCARS brings together world-class European Research Infrastructures (RIs) in the ESFRI roadmap and beyond to foster the uptake of Open Science in Europe.

Such RIs are part of the five Science Clusters (Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Photon and Neutron Science, Astronomy, Nuclear and Particle Physics), which have strived to make open data easily accessible to the users and the public, by providing FAIR data management policies and practices for enabling Open Science.

Today, the Science Clusters are an integral part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative and, through OSCARS, will further contribute to its development and implementation process.


In collaboration with

Science Clusters


Our mission

OSCARS aims to further consolidate past achievements of the Science Clusters into lasting interdisciplinary FAIR data services and working practices.

Through a cascading grant mechanism, a broad range of research communities will be involved for the development of Open Science projects and services, that together will drive the uptake of FAIR-data-intensive research throughout the European Research Area (ERA).

OSCARS will thus give an opportunity for inter-cluster cross-adoption and co-development of services that will be part of the EOSC Exchange portfolio.

Through OSCARS, Community-based Competence Centres (CCCs) will be established and operated, virtual research environments (VREs) will be deployed fostering the alignment of practices in scientific data analysis. Both objectives will contribute to consolidate the role of the clusters as thematic "EOSC Science Cluster Nodes.



The five Science Clusters of research infrastructures

Life Science

Cascading-grant Open Calls

On March 15th, 2024, the Science Clusters launched the first OSCARS cascading-grant call for Open Science projects and services, which closed on May 15th, 2024. A second call is expected to be opened in November 2024.

OSCARS Open Calls have a total worth of ~16 million EUR. Each selected proposal will be funded with a lump sum between 100,000 and 250,000 € and have to be implemented in a period between 12 and 24 months.

More info about the open calls