RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors #1

EOSC Future

Research Data Alliance

11 November 2021 - 12:00 am CET

15 February 2022 - 04:00 pm CET

Individuals or Organisations


RDA and EOSC Future are delighted to announce the call for Domain Ambassadors in the context of EOSC. Establishing a network of experts is a critical step for the EOSC Future project in fostering the scientific discipline and domain specific support and engagement with the goal of explaining and clarifying the benefits of EOSC to new and underrepresented scientific communities. 

Context and Background  

RDA is running a series of calls, in the context of the EOSC Future project, to further enable the integration and uptake of EOSC services and more widely support advancements in terms of research data interoperability, management and sharing and the adoption of Open Science best practices.  

In this specific case, the purpose of the RDA Open Calls is to engage disciplinary experts and groups through a bottom-up approach and ensure they contribute with their know-how to EOSC while bringing back benefits to their communities, raising awareness about EOSC and encouraging wider engagement. The purpose of these grants is to enable communities connected to RDA but outside of EOSC to leverage EOSC services and ultimately to support the community driven disciplinary developments and their integration into EOSC.  

In accordance with the Horizon 2020 financial regulations, no individual or organization (third party) will be awarded more than 60.000 euro (sixty thousand euro). This limit applies cumulatively across all the RDA Open calls and the overall budget (1 million euro). Explicitly, a third party may apply and be awarded funding in different calls, but only be contracted for a total of 60.000 euro. If the limit is reached, no further contracts can be awarded to that individual or organization (third party). 


Following this first Domain Ambassadors Open Call, grants of a maximum of €7,500 are offered which target recognised domain experts and skilled communicators, to serve as conduits between the RDA, EOSC Future and the wider domain specific communities they belong to. By ensuring this communication and knowledge exchange, the grants will support the building of awareness-raising around the work and outputs of EOSC Future and also aim to help discipline experts grow their network and collaborate with like-minded people and organisations via the RDA. Successful applications should ensure that benefits are brought back to the disciplinary communities and the domain specific needs and input are streamlined into the work supporting the development of EOSC.  

What are the tasks involved? 

  • Further strengthen the outreach activities within EOSC Future, e.g. widening the user base, outreach to potential users.  

  • Bring discipline expertise to EOSC Future outreach groups, to feed into activities to pilot, design and implement EOSC.  

  • Act as multipliers across disciplinary networks, at regional, national and thematic level.  

  • Present EOSC at community-related webinars (where applicable).  

  • Assess the level of awareness and engagement of their community in the EOSC, highlighting the barriers and the potential ways bridges can be built e.g. via RDA WG / IG, RDA Communities of Practices, existing connections to Science Clusters, etc.  

  • Actively contribute to defining and promoting what EOSC Future and EOSC have to offer to their specific domain / discipline community (-ies) (e.g. via RDA domain specific WG / IGs presentations, webinars, training sessions, survey, etc.). 

  • Document domain specific use cases that highlight the benefits of EOSC in a disciplinary context specific to the Ambassador´s community (e.g. how to address a specific need, a needed thematic service, increasing the value of disciplinary datasets if made available through EOSC, etc.).  

  • Document the RDA outputs and recommendations as connectors or enablers between disciplinary communities and the EOSC.  

Applicants will be asked to provide a plan for their ambassadorial work highlighting how the envisioned activities will help clarify the accessibility and benefits of the EOSC to their specific community, will support awareness raising and engagement and impact not only the community practices, but will in the longer term also help make a significant contribution in the context of EOSC.  

Criteria and conditions   

  • Applicants should be working on the vanguard of data or research infrastructure activities in a specific research domain or cluster of domains; 

  • Be involved in RDA as active member, participant, chair, or contributor to RDA WG / IG activities, recommendations and outputs, especially in the past 12 to 18 months; 

  • Operate as an influencer and have the ability to recruit collaborators across different segments of the community, particularly within their domain/discipline specific community(-ies); 

  • Have a good understanding of the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud, EOSC Association working groups, the FAIR movement, knowledge of the Open Science agenda, and how these intend to evolve in Europe; 

  • Reside and/or work in an EU country or associate countries.      

Further conditions  

  • This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium. Staff working on the EOSC Future project (i.e. directly funded through a beneficiary (its department or unit executing EOSC Future activities), as a LTP or seconded personnel) are not eligible to apply for grants under the RDA Open Calls and will be asked to tick a Declaration of Honour box upon application. Other staff of these participating institutions are eligible.  

  • A mid-term and final term report will be submitted, following a contractual agreement, highlighting progress, and lessons learned and potential contingency planning.  

  • Successful applicants may be asked to share their details (photo, bio) for dissemination purposes.  All results created, where applicable, will be made available on the RDA website for 4 years.

How your application will be evaluated: These are the criteria and weighting  

Your proposal should take into account the RDA Guiding principles and demonstrate commitment to it. Proposals should drive the principles of openness and community activities.   

Candidates will be asked to submit an application that will be evaluated according to the following criteria:   


  1. A statement describing the commitment to the vision of EOSC, the FAIR movement, national Open Science agendas (implementation), links to European data infrastructures or similar federated infrastructures. (25%)   

  1. A brief summary of previous and current activities demonstrating the applicant’s community involvement and any additional contributions to RDA related activities, Working/Interest groups, development and/or promotion and/or adoption of RDA Recommendations and Outputs in European Institutions throughout their communities. (25%)   


  1. Sustainability and impact potential of the proposal and how this can be carried forward within the context of EOSC and RDA. Applicants should put forward plans for continuing the work beyond the funding period. Methodology of application. The proposal must be thought through, well-written, clear and demonstrate the methodology works. (20%)   

Implementation (quality and efficiency):    

  1. A summary of the proposed activity plan for Ambassadorial work, how these are relevant to RDA, EOSC and the specific disciplinary community. Discuss the specific disciplinary barrier / issue they address, how RDA can be leveraged, how it benefits EOSC and the disciplinary community (25%)    

  1. Evaluation will also consider the following criteria to establish balanced and diverse distribution of the grants:        

  • Geographical balance,        

  • Gender balance,        

  • Preference to candidates in underrepresented fields within RDA. (5%)   


The applications will be evaluated by experts with insights into the RDA and EOSC who have no conflict of interest (the applicant is not employed by the evaluator’s organisation nor is the recommendation(s) a direct result of their work). 

Word limit for applications   

The word limit for your application will be via fields in a form each with a specific word limit. You can start with an application and save it in the system to return to it later. You are allowed to upload accompanying documentation, e.g., project plan and methodology.  

Financial Contribution  

The RDA Open Calls programme for Domain Ambassadors will offer up to 10 grants of maximum €7500 per grant to support the work in this area over the course of the EOSC Future project (2 additional calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022).   


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