The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is calling on distinguished and well-connected domain specific data experts to join its European ambassador programme. Up to six grants of a maximum of €7,000 will be offered to experts supporting the dissemination of RDA outputs, encouraging data practitioners in their specific domain of expertise to join the RDA community and providing insight and practical contribution to RDA activities.

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The selected RDA Europe ambassadors should not only be recognised domain experts but also skilled communicators. They will act as essential links between RDA, organisations and the wider domain specific communities they belongs to with the ultimate objective of fostering data-sharing and data-driven research..

The ambassadorial work will be carried out according to a detailed workplan that demonstrates impact for domain specific community as well as RDA. The mandate as ambassador will start upon the confirmed successful selection and appointment and will be supported for the full duration of the RDA Europe 4.0 project (ending 31 May 2020) and beyond that.

The programme is designed to help discipline experts grow their network and collaborate with like-minded people and organisations, while increase the impact of their work for professional growth and recognition.

RDA Europe is committed to provide the selected candidates both financial and operational support for their ambassadorial work, and the official acknowledgement of the role and contributions.

How to apply?

More details about the programme, the evaluation and selection criteria and the financial support are available on the dedicated RDA webpage.

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form by 5 December 2018, 17:00 CET. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than the 15 January 2019

Please note that candidates are required to work/reside in Europe to be eligible for the Ambassador grants.


RDA was launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation. More than 7000 RDA members representing 137 countries (June 2018) come together in focused Working and Interest groups aiming to develop infrastructure that promotes data-sharing and data-driven research and accelerate the growth of a cohesive data community. RDA Europe is mandated to ensure that European stakeholders are aware of, engaged with and actively involved in the global RDA activities.

The EU is supporting RDA activities through Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme with the funding of some RDA Europe's specific projects: as RDA Europe 3 which ran from September 2015 until February 2018 and received close to EUR 4 million of EU funding. To build on the achievements of the predecessor project, RDA Europe 4 has been launched in March 2018 and will run until May 2020.

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