Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - data and IT requirements.

"The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change." (EPSRC Website)

A requirement for greater research transparency lies at the heart of several influential and recently published reports: most notably, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Common Principles on Data Policy and the UK government’s Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth. Alongside these publications, most major funding councils, including the EPSRC, have now developed their own policies relating to research data management.


EPSRC data and IT Requirements - Introduction and summary

Information correct as at July 2013.

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

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

The EPSRC issued their Policy Framework on Research Data in April 2011, setting out nine expectations concerning the management and provision of access to EPSRC-funded research data. 

The University has developed a road map outlining how compliance with EPSRC’s Policy Framework will be achieved before the required deadline of 1 May, 2015, and is developing policies and processes to assist researchers in meeting the underlying requirements of each expectation. While much of the emphasis is on the responsibilities of the University, there are also implications for researchers that need to be taken into consideration, from the initial grant application through to the end of the project and ten years or more beyond.

The University expects EPSRC-funded researchers to be aware of the Policy Framework and to ensure that they undertake their research in a manner that complies with the EPSRC’s expectations. Unlike other funding bodies, EPSRC does not require a data management plan when a grant application is submitted, however, you will still need to consider how your research data will be managed when writing a grant application.  You are also likely to find a data management plan a useful tool personally within your research. If there are potential costs in storing and/or managing your research data, these will need to be highlighted in the costs of your grant.

EPSRC 9 Expectations:

  1. Be aware of the RCUK principles and EPSRC expectations
  2. Provide details in your research papers of how the supporting research data can be accessed
  3. Be aware of University of Leicester policies and processes concerning research data holdings
  4. Consider how your non-digital data can be made publicly available
  5. Publish metadata describing your research data within 12 months of the data being generated and if it is digital data include a DOI
  6. If access to your data is restricted, include the reasons in your published metadata
  7. Your research data must be securely preserved for at least 10 years after any privileged access period expires
  8. Your research data must be curated through its lifecycle
  9. Consider how curation of your data will be funded


EPSRC and general information

RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy

RCUK, Research Outcomes System
RCUK Policy on Open Access and Guidance
EPSRC Policy Framework on Research Data
University of Leicester Research Data Roadmap
University Research Data Management Support
Digital Curation Centre EPSRC Funder’s Data resource
Digital Curation Centre ‘DMP Online’ tool
Digital Curation Centre DMP Checklist

RCUK Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S)

UK Government, Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth