Working Group on Rewards

This group focused on researcher career development. Final report, background, working group on skills and member biographies

Final report is available

The approach of the working group is firmly rooted in the context of researcher career development and closely linked with ERA Priority 3, an Open Labour Market for Researchers. The report provides information on OS in relation to ERA policy, researcher assessment and career framework, describing different aspects of OS, including Open data, Open Peer Review and Citizen science. The limitations of the current recognition and reward process are presented, with suggestions on how to alleviate these and how new paradigms can be envisioned and implemented.

An illustration of taking a comprehensive approach to researcher assessment using the Open Science Career Assessment Matrix (OS-CAM) that recognises OS is developed. There is a brief analysis of the ERA partnership policies and how OS can be promoted through the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).

The report will be discussed at the Open Science Policy Platform meeting on 13 October 2017.


A Working Group on Skills has been set up (as a sub-group of the Steering Group Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)) and has conducted its work between June 2016 and June 2017.

The Working Group’s tasks were, among others:

  • To promote a discussion with stakeholders on the current reputation system in the context of the standing ERAC groups and the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) which will work on the concretisation of a European Open Science Agenda
  • Within the Open Science (OS) environment, reflect on and propose alternative methods to recognise contributions to OS, including rewards and incentives taking into account diversity in experience and career paths, while guaranteeing fair and equal career development of individual scientists
  • Propose new ways/standards of evaluating research proposals and research outcomes taking into consideration all OS activities of researchers and possibly recommending to pilot them under certain calls of Horizon 2020
  • Identify existing good practices on how OS issues are already taken up by researchers, research performing institutions and research funding institutions in Europe

The Working Group on Rewards reports to the Member States and Associated Countries and advises DG Research and Innovation. Rewards are a main topic of the European Open Science Agenda which will be further developed and implemented with support of the Open Science Policy Platform. The proposed rewards system will be implemented directly on an institutional level using the unique ERA priority 3 implementation tool which is the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).


Members of the Expert Group

Conor O’CARROLL, Chair

Research Policy & Funding Consultant at SciPol

Chair of the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM) focusing on researcher career development. Led the development of the European Framework for Research Careers (EFRC) and the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training (PIDT).

Physicist by training with a B.Sc., M.Sc. in Mathematical Physics and PhD in Physics from University College Dublin.

Bernard Rentier, Vice-Chair

Recteur honoraire de l'Université de Liège, Belgium - EUA Expert on Open Science

He founded and is president of EOS (Enabling Open Scholarship), an international association for the promotion of open access to scientific publications (Open Access) in universities.

Virologist and immunologist, he worked as a researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research (Mill Hill, London, 1975) and the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA, 1976-1981) as well as in University of Liège.


FECYT –Foundation for Science and Technology, Spain ES Delegate in SGHRM

Doctor in Social Intervention and Mediation by the Faculty of Social Work of the University of Murcia, Spain, 2012. Master's Degree in Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution, with honorary mention by the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, 2007 Degree in Law School of Law and Criminology Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2005.


University of Camerino, Italy IT Delegate in SGHRM

Full Professor of Parasitology at Camerino University (UNICAM) since 1987, Fulvio Esposito developed his scientific background in Pisa University and Scuola Normale Superiore, where he obtained his MSc and PhD in Biology, respectively.


Ministry of Education and Culture, Senior Adviser, Science Policy Division, Finland FI Delegate in SGHRM

Katrien MAAS

League of Research Universities – LERU Chief Policy Officer of the League of European Research Universities

She has been with LERU since 2004 and is currently responsible for policy development across all areas of LERU’s research and higher education related activities, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral training, professional development and gender issues.


CRAC, United Kingdom

Head of Vitae, committed to providing world-class career and professional development for researchers. She is responsible for the strategic direction of Vitae and leads on the implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.


Head of Skills & Careers at BBSRC/Research Council UK, United Kingdom UK Delegate in SGHRM


University of Ghent, Department of Research Affairs, Belgium

Originally a graduate of Ghent University (Belgium, 1995), MA Degree (1996) and PhD Degree in Arts (2001) from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Policy Advisor in Ghent University's Department of Research Affairs since 2006.

Interest in research policy and management, establishment of Doctoral Schools at Ghent University, strengthening a quality culture in research and developing a HR strategy for researchers.


Contributions from:

Isabelle HALLEUX - R&D Executive Director - University of Liege

Caroline Lynn KAMERLIN - Uppsala University

Norbert LOSSAU - member of OSPP/EUA – Vice-President of Göttingen University

Frank MIEDEMA - Utrecht University - chair of the MLE experts 'altmetrics and rewards'

Sylvia SCHREIBER - PARISBERLIN EU correspondent Bureau Brussels

Paul WOUTERS - Leiden University