During the closing stage, the financial controller at the Faculty, with input from the project leader, must determine whether or not the project can be closed, or if there are grounds for extending it.
The Faculty is responsible for checking the project’s duration. It normally ends six months after the closing date that has been agreed upon (twelve months for EU projects).
When project activity has been confirmed to have ended, the Faculty management shall assist the project leader in making a financial end report for the project. For EU projects, the Division of Financial Services must approve the financial end report (Form C).
Most projects that receive grants must submit progress and end reports.
For the Research Council of Norway, this is done via “My RCN Web”. Information will be sent out via e-mail to those who need to report well before deadlines. Communication between the funding source and project leader is carried out via e-mail. The project leader may contact the Faculty management if there is need for any input, especially relating to auditing budgets.
Gold Open Access is the term used for publishing research results in open access journals, which are those freely available online. Gold OA literature is free to read for anyone with internet access. Many open access journals are published under Creative Commons licenses (CC licenses) or other open licenses, which provide the reader/user of the publication with unrestricted rights to use, distribute or reproduce the work in any medium, while the author simultaneously maintains the right to be named as the copyright holder.
What is “Green Open Access”?
Green Open Access means that research results are made available online through self-archiving in open publishing archives. This can be done in institutional archives at the researcher’s own institution, such as with DUO (UIO), Bora (UIB), Munin (UIT), ODA (HIOA) etc. Archiving can also be done in central, subject-specific archives. Examples of large, international subject archives include RePec (finance), PubMed Central (medicine and life sciences), and ArXiv (physics, mathematics and other natural sciences). Green OA means that it is an approved version of an article that is made available, usually the latest script version which the author gives to the publishing house for publishing (so-called “postprint version”). Even if Green OA content is often not quotable – a postprint version is identical in terms of content to the published article, but is missing the publishing house’s formatting, paginating, volume and so on – this type of content is a valuable, free resource which allows users to find research results without paying. Some publishing houses demand that a certain period of time must pass (see embargo) until a version can be made publically available. Read more about this below.
What is “Hybrid Open Access”?
Hybrid OA is the subscription-based publishing houses’ approach to Open Access. Hybrid OA means that authors may choose to pay an APC (“Article Processing Charge”) for their article to make sure that individual articles are in open access in an otherwise subscription-based journal. Note that most present-day publishing funds do not support publishing in hybrid journals.
When the end of a project is approaching, a meeting is held to go through:
The status of the academic and financial end reports.
Research news from the project.
Am evaluation of the project: Have any new research questions appeared which the consortium or parts of the consortium wish to continue working on?