1st open call for Route 1 support (CLOSED)

For those just getting started on their FAIR-enabling journeys, FAIR-IMPACT provides dedicated guidance and one-to-one support to successful applicants from our three key stakeholder groups to self-assess their current capabilities and to develop FAIR implementation action plans: National Levels Initiatives, Research Performing Organisations, Repositories and Data Service Providers.

Successful applicants from each of the three stakeholder groups will work over a period of nine months with FAIR-IMPACT mentors and external experts to learn how to support the uptake of FAIR-enabling practices. This will include participation in a series of virtual workshops based on the FAIR Implementation Framework, assessed homework and one-to-one support. This call is suitable for those who are just getting started with supporting the FAIR Principles or are less advances on their FAIR-enabling journey.

Successful applicants will receive one-to-one support with dedicated mentors (financial support is not provided for this specific programme). This first open call for Route 1 support was open for applications between 30th August and 1st November 2023.

Details of the support programmes:

1. Support Programme for National Level Initiatives

Participation in this support programme will help national organisations and researchers to better understand the drivers for becoming more FAIR-enabling, to assess their current FAIR-enabling capabilities and develop plans for improvement, and to ensure that they have an effective engagement strategy in place to facilitate uptake at the national level.

This support program is open to all but especially dedicated to organisations working at a national level and researchers to build adoption of FAIR practices. National initiatives and mandated organisations are both targets and providers of the webinars.

The support programme will begin in January 2024 as a series of virtual workshops where participants will be introduced to key concepts that can support their journey toward becoming FAIR-enabling. As part of the programme, participants will carry out a supported self-assessment of their current capabilities and develop action plans to improve one or more areas. Participants will receive one-to-one support from FAIR-IMPACT over a period of nine months as they implement their action plans. A series of curated webinars will showcase specific tools and approaches that may help to implement FAIR in a practical sense.

Enabling knowledge exchange is a key objective of the support programme and there will be two workshops held in month six and month nine where participants will share their experiences with peers in the support programme. An exit interview will result in a co-produced FAIR Implementation Story that will be published in our Zenodo community and made available to help to share the experiences with the wider community.

We will invite up to 10 individuals/teams to participate in this support programme.

This call was open for applications between 30th August and 1st November 2023.

 

Support programme for National Level Initiatives

Virtual workshops

Time

Date of Workshop

Workshop 1: FAIR national plan in Germany and national initiatives to support FAIR in Romania

14-16 CET 1st February 2024

Workshop 2: Engaging researchers with FAIR-ness

10-12 CET 2nd February 2024

Workshop 3: Open Access publishing in FAIR action plans

10-12 CET 6th February 2024
Workshop 4: Building FAIR skills at a national level 11-13 CET 27th February 2024
During March, participants will work independently to carry out self-assessments and to develop draft action and engagement plans. One-to-one periodic support from FAIR-IMPACT via email or zoom.
Workshop 5: French Data Management Clusters 10-12 CET 4th April 2024
During May, participants will work independently to develop their draft action and engagement plans. One-to-one periodic support from FAIR-IMPACT via email or zoom.

Workshop 6: Assessing national current FAIR-enabling capabilities

TBC End of May or early June 2024

During June/July/August, participants will work independently to implement action and engagement plans. One-to-one periodic support from FAIR-IMPACT via email or zoom.

Workshop 7 and 8: Peer knowledge exchange workshop

   
Exit interviews will be carried out in October and will be the basis of a co-produced FAIR Implementation Story summarising the key actions and lessons learned.
Follow-up questionnaire and/or interview with participants 6 months after the support programme wraps up to see what progress has been made. (March/April 2025)
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2. Support Programme for Research Performing Organisations

Participation in this support programme will help research performing organisations to better understand the drivers for becoming more FAIR-enabling, to assess their current FAIR-enabling capacity and develop plans for improvement, and to ensure that they have an effective engagement strategy in place to facilitate uptake across the organisation. The structure of the programme is based around the FAIR Implementation Framework stages. 

The support programme will begin in January 2024 as a series of ten virtual workshops where participants will be introduced to key concepts that can support their journey toward becoming more FAIR-enabling. As part of the programme, participants will carry out a supported self-assessment of their current capabilities and develop action plans to improve one or more areas.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a review of their research data policy and recommendations from their FAIR-IMPACT mentors on how to make it more FAIR-enabling. If they do not yet have a research data policy, support will be provided from FAIR-IMPACT mentors to start developing one.
  • support form their mentors to plan and deliver one local workshop bringing together different stakeholders across their organisation to self-assess current FAIR-enabling capabilities.
  • one-to-one support from FAIR-IMPACT mentors to develop their actions plans and define their engagement strategies.

 

FAIR IMPACT research performing organisatiosn

 

Enabling knowledge exchange is a key objective of the support programme and there will be two dedicated workshops where participants will share their experiences with peers during the support programme.

An exit interview will result in a co-produced FAIR Implementation Story that will be published in our Zenodo community and made available to help to share the experiences with the wider community. These stories will be added to a collection that was initiated as part of the FAIRsFAIR project. 

We will invite up to 10 individuals/teams to participate in this support programme.

This call was open for applications between 30th August and 1st November 2023.

 

Support programme for Research Performing Organisations

Virtual workshops

Time

Date of Workshop

Workshop 1: Kick-off session and understanding the drivers and potential benefits from becoming FAIR-enabling

15-17 CET 14th February 2024

Workshop 2: FAIR data policies - developing or refining data policies to be more FAIR-enabling

15-17 CET 28th February 2024

Workshop 3: Planning for FAIR Data - developing support services for data management planning

15-17 CET 6th March 2024
Workshop 4: The role of trustworthy data repositories 15-17 CET 13th March 2024
Workshop 5: Training and guidance - building skills for producing and using FAIR data 15-17 CET 20th March 2024
Workshop 6: Developing a FAIR Implementation Action Plan 15-17 CET 27th March 2024
During April, participants will begin to work independently - but with periodic support from their mentors - to develop draft action plans based on the incremental self-assessments that were carried out during and between the thematic workshops. 

Workshop 7: Peer knowledge exchange workshop

15-17 CET  24th April 2024

Workshop 8: Developing an Engagement Strategy

15-17 CET 8th May 2024

During May, June, July and August the participants will continue to flesh out their action plan and meet with their mentors. Participants will be supported to organise one virtual workshop bringing together key stakeholders from across their organisation to share and validate the results of their self-assessment and to introduce the draft action plan. 

Workshop 9: Peer knowledge exchange workshop TBC June 2024

Workshop 10: Peer knowledge exchange workshop

TBC September 2024
Exit interviews will be carried out in late September and will be the basis of a co-produced FAIR Implementation Story summarising the key actions and lessons learned.

Follow-up questionnaire and/or interview with participants 3-6 months after the support programme wraps up to see what progress has been made. We will also seek to learn about challenges and difficulties that have been encountered. (March/April 2025)

3. Support Programme for Repositories and Data Service Providers

The FAIR Principles focus on characteristics of digital objects that make them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. Achieving and maintaining those characteristics depends on the individuals and organisations that create, store, curate, and preserve the objects. These activities are 'FAIR-enabling’, and repositories and data service providers play an important role in facilitating them.

FAIR-IMPACT is here to help you assess your current FAIR-enabling capabilities and develop action plans to improve them. The structure of our support programme is based on components of the ‘FAIR-IMPACT FAIR Implementation Framework’ (FIF), a curated collection of services and tools that can be used to become more FAIR-enabling. The services and tools address a wide range of topics, such as:

Repository policy, e.g. ACME-FAIR, Data support policy for photon and neutron science; Making objects in the repository more FAIR, e.g. CESSDA Data Archiving Guide, FAIR Cookbook; Automated FAIR assessment, e.g. F-UJI, Framework for assessing FAIR services; Repository certification, e.g. CoreTrustSeal+FAIRenabling Capability Maturity Model, FAIRsFAIR repository support;   EOSC readiness, e.g. EOSC Service compliance, DataCite Repository Finder

Enabling knowledge exchange is one of the key objectives of the support programme. To this end, in two workshops in June and September participants will share their experiences with peers in the support programme. The programme will wrap-up with a personal exit interview that will result in a co-produced ‘FAIR Implementation Story’ similar to those created in the FAIRsFAIR project, which we will publish in our Zenodo community, to share the unique experience of each participant and enable networking with the wider community. 

The minimum effort expected from participants will be around fifty hours for the whole programme. The actual effort will depend on the specific FIF resources you plan to implement and on input you may need from colleagues in your organisation. To benefit most from the programme, representatives from the participating repositories bring expertise in policy, engagement, and repository technology, split across a maximum of three people, if needed.

This support programme continues the successful repository support programme from the earlier FAIRsFAIR project, but with a broader focus on topics and wider range of resources that repositories can implement to increase their FAIR impact. 

We go beyond the formal FAIR principles and also include guidance for effective strategies to engage with your community and position your organisation in the research landscape. In other words, we are here to make your organisation more successful.

The support programme with selected participants will begin in January 2024 as a series of virtual workshops where we will introduce you to key concepts around FAIR and how they may apply to your organisation. Participants will carry out a supported self-assessment of their current capabilities and develop action plans that are tailored to their needs and ambition. You will receive one-to-one support from the FAIR-IMPACT support team over a period of nine months as you develop and implement your action plans. A series of curated webinars will showcase specific tools and approaches that may help you to implement the FAIR principles in a practical sense and you can do a virtual ‘sight-seeing’ at some of our partners, to see how they implement certain FAIR-enabling practices. 

We will invite up to 10 individuals/teams to participate in this support programme.

This call was open for applications between 30th August and 1st November 2023. 

 

FAIR IMPACT

 

First open call for Route 1 support timeline

Promotional online workshops to showcase the support actions on offer 

Call launched and platform opened for applications

30 August 2023

Virtual clinic for potential applicants to the open call

18 October 2023 - WATCH THE RECORDING 

Deadline for applications

1 November 2023

Evaluation and selection of applicants

End of November 2023

Applicants informed of decision

December 2023

Expected start date for support actions

Late January 2024