National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research - data and IT requirements

"The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation. Tasked by Government, we support the UK science base by driving and funding innovation and technological developments that replace or reduce the need for animals in research and testing, and lead to improvements in welfare where animals continue to be used." (NC3Rs website)

UoL DMP Document - Non-RCUK

NC3Rs data and IT Requirements - Introduction and summary

Information correct as at July 2013.

Please refer to the full Non-RCUK data mangement planning guidance document.pdf.

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

The NC3Rs Guidance for Applicants confirms that all applications must be submitted via the RCUK joint electronic submission system (Je-S). 

The NC3Rs has adopted the Medical Research Council (MRC) policy on Data Management and Research Data Sharing and so reference should be made to this policy and the University document supporting MRC applicants.

All applications are required to include a Data Management Plan (DMP) as an attachment to their application on Je-S. The DMP should comply with the MRC’s policy on research data sharing. The DMP should demonstrate how the applicant will meet, or already meets their responsibilities for research data quality, sharing and security. It should refer to any institutional and study data policies, systems and procedures and be regularly reviewed throughout the research cycle. The DMP is reviewed by peer reviewers alongside the Case for Support.

To produce a DMP to accompany a research proposal, applicants can use the MRC data management plan template. If it is not used, then the applicant should ensure that all the topics listed on the template are addressed: 

  • Description of the data
  • Data collection / generation
  • Data management, documentation and curation
  • Data security and confidentiality of potentially disclosive personal information
  • Data sharing and access
  • Responsibilities
  • Relevant institutional, departmental or study policies on data sharing and data Security

The length of the DMP will be dependent on the complexity of the data collected, but should be between half a page and a maximum of 3 pages.

CRUK and general information
NC3Rs website
NC3Rs Funding Schemes - Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook
MRC Policy on Research Data sharing
MRC DMP template
University Research Data Management Support
Digital Curation Centre MRC Funder’s Data resource
Digital Curation Centre guidance on MRC data planning

Digital Curation Centre ‘DMP Online’ tool

Digital Curation Centre DMP Checklist

RCUK Joint Electroinic Submission System (Je-s)