Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council - data and IT requirements.

"BBSRC has a unique and central place in supporting the UK’s world-leading position in bioscience. We are an investor in research and training, with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Our vision is structured around world-class bioscience, key strategic research priorities and enabling themes - methods we will use to achieve our aims" (BBSRC Website)


 UoL DMP Document - BBSRC


BBSRC data and IT Requirements - Introduction and summary

Information correct as at July 2013.

Please refer to the full BBSRC data mangement planning guidance document.pdf

Please also refer to the University guide 'Introduction to Managing Research Data – For Researchers and Students'

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) supports the view that publicly-funded research data is a public good, produced in the public interest and should be openly available to the maximum extent possible. The re-use of data can lead to new scientific understanding. 

Holders of BBSRC grants are encouraged and expected to follow BBSRC Policy in order to practise and promote data sharing and create a scientific culture within which data sharing is embedded. 

Summary of data requirements

  • Data must be released no later than the publication of findings and within three years of project completion.
  • Commercial interests should not “unduly delay or prevent sharing” of data funded by BBSRC.
  • Data must be available for a minimum of ten years after project end and in a form appropriate for secondary use.
  • Sharing via an appropriate, established repository is expected in research areas where such repositories exist. BBSRC is currently developing a number of such repositories as part of the Bioinformatics and Biological Resources fund.
  • Applicants for responsive research funding should complete a ‘Data Sharing Plan’ as part of their research grant proposal in order to demonstrate a willingness to share data.
  • Compliance with the BBSRC Data Sharing Policy is checked by BBSRC as part of the Final Report Assessment at the close of a project.
  • Certain data types are considered by the BBSRC to have an especially high re-use value.
  • Funding to support the management and sharing of research data can be requested as part of the full economic cost of a research project.

BBSRC and general information

BBSRC Data Sharing Policy (with FAQs and Data Sharing leaflet)

European Bioinformatics Institute, BioModels Database

UK Data Archive File Formats Table

University Research Data Management Support

Digital Curation Centre BBSRC Funder’s Data resource

Digital Curation Centre ‘DMP Online’ tool

Digital Curation Centre DMP Checklist

RCUK Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S)


RDM news and events
  1. The University of Leicester Figshare for data digital archive is now available for research staff and PhD students. User guidance on upload/data deposit.
  2. Information Governance training is now available, provided by e-LfH (an NHS organisation). The University has registered to access this NHS resource and individual accounts can be set up by sending name and email address to Andrew Burnham.
  3. There is now a standard University Privacy Impact Assessment process where data collection or receipt, or systems purchase or development may have privacy consequences
  4. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the research PI and/or data owner
  5. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  6. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  7. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact
  8. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  9. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  10. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  11. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  12. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  13. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  14. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  15. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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