Research Data Policies

Extracts from a selection of research funders' research data requirements. If you can’t find information on your funder please get in touch with our team at: researchdata@leicester.ac.uk or alternatively look up details on the Sherpa Juliet database.

[AHRC] [BBSRC] [ESRC] [MRC] [NERC] [STFC] [Wellcome] [CRUK] [NIH] [EPSRC] [Horizon2020]

AHRC

From 29th of March 2018 – technical plans were replaced by Data Management Plan required at the submission stage

As a part of UKRI, AHRC expects researchers to follow the UKRI Common Principles on Data Policy.

  • A Data Management Plan is required at the application stage, to be revisited and reviewed every year.
  • Data management should be consulted with institutional research data support team
  • Digital outputs are expected to be deposited in appropriate repository and accessible for a minimum of 3 years after project lifetime in appropriate data repository
  • AHRC offers help with appropriate costs of preparation and ingest of digital outputs” within the grant lifetime.

AHRC Research Funding Guide

BBSRC

  • Detailed Data Management Plan is required at the application stage, along with the statement on data sharing.
  • Costs related to data management and data sharing can be included as part of the economic cost of the research project.
  • Data is expected to be made available through appropriate and established repository (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/research/resources/#datasharing)
  • BBSRC expects the data to made available at the time of publication or within three years from collection date.
  • Data to be accessible for 10 years after project end.
  • Data management and adherence to the original DMP to be included into the Final Report score, also any data sharing activity should be recorded on ResearchFish.

BBSRC Data Sharing Policy

ESRC

  • A Data Management Plan is required to be submitted with grant proposal.
  • Costs associated with data management implementation (but not preservation) can be met if included in the grant proposal.
  • Research data must be available within 3 months of the project end and accessible for a minimum period of 10 years (indefinitely if data cannot be re-measured or re-created).
  • UK Data Archive is the ESRC approved and preferred data repository.

ESRC Research Data Policy

MRC

  • A Data Management Plan is required as an integral part of grant proposal. DMP is expected to be reviewed on yearly basis.
  • Data generated through MRC funded research, as well as the high quality metadata should be made available in a ‘timely manner’ via established repository.
  • Data should be available for a minimum period of 10 years from the end of project lifetime.
  • Handling personal/confidential data is the main concern therefore MRC created separate guidelines for personal data in medical research [PDF]

MRC data sharing policy

NERC

  • A Data Management Plan in form of one page outline required at the application stage, to be followed by detailed DMP within three months of the project start date.
  • Costs should be incorporated into the original grant proposal, outlining the resources required to implement the DMP.
  • Data should be made available within 2 years of collection, and available for for a minimum period of 10 years (indefinitely if data cannot be re-measured or re-created).
  • Data should be deposited in NERC Data Centres, as open as possible and as closed as necessary.

NERC Data Policy

STFC

  • A Data Management Plan required as integral part of grant proposal. Use of DMPonline tool is advised.
  • Research data underpinning publications should be made available within 6 months of article publication date, end of the project data should be made freely available after project completion and be accessible for a minimum period of 10 years.
  • Data should be deposited with established repository.

STFC Scientific Data Policy

Wellcome

  • A Data Management plan must be submitted as part of ‘Output Management Plan’ within the original grant proposal.
  • Costs associated with data management can be included in the grant proposal and the funding would be available throughout the grant lifetime. Only high value outputs would be supported after the project end.
  • Data underpinning articles should be made available upon publication, end of the project data should be made available after project lifetime and accessible for a minimum period of 10 years.
  • Research outputs should be deposited in a recognized and established data repository.

Wellcome Trust policy on data, software and materials management

CRUK

  • A Data Management Plan is required as integral part of grant proposal at submission stage.
  • Costs associated with Data Management can be included in the grant proposal.
  • Data underpinning publications must be made available at the article acceptance stage.
  • Data must be preserved and accessible for a minimum period of 5 years following the project end.
  • Research outputs should be deposited in a recognized and established data repository.

CRUK Data PolicyCRUK Data Sharing FAQ

NIH

  • A Data Management Plan required at application stage.
  • Costs related to data sharing and archiving can be included in the grant proposal.
  • NIH expects the data to be shared no later than the article acceptance stage for data underpinning the publication. Large, final datasets can be released in ‘waves’.
  • Data should be deposited in a recognized and established data repository and accessible for a minimum period of 3 years following the end of project agreement.

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance

EPSRC

  • A Data management plan is recommended but not required at the application stage.
  • Costs related to data management should be stated in a grant proposal.
  • Data should be deposited in an established repository for a minimum of 10 years and a period of 10 years from the last request to access the data. Datasets should have a persistent identifier assigned such as DOI.
  • Metadata describing the data should be published within 12 months of the dataset being generated.
  • All articles published on or after 1st of May 2015 should contain data availability statement, describing where and how the data underpinning the publication can be accessed.

EPSRC policy framework on research data

Horizon2020

All Horizon 2020 projects from 2017 are part of the Open Research Data Pilot.

  • Data management plans must be generated within the first 6 months of the project and revised throughout the grant lifetime.
  • Data underpinning published outputs must be made available in a recognized and established open access data repository upon publication date.
  • Costs related to data management can be reimbursed.

Horizon2020 Guidelines on Data Management [PDF]

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