Data Management plans
Increasingly, research funders expect those applying for funds to set out a detailed research data management plan. This plan requires you to think about and articulate how the research data – be it qualitative, quantitative or a mix of the two – which you generate are going to be managed throughout the research cycle. You will also need to think about how these data will be preserved and shared after your particular project concludes.
The College’s Research Data Management team offers support in the development of an appropriate data management strategy, and is available to offer advice on any aspect of research data. We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our web pages for advice and assistance on how to create a data management plan and information about funder policies on managing and sharing data.
A brief summary for some of the main funders is below.
For applications to the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), a ‘Technical Summary and Plan’ is required (from December 2012; formerly 'Technical Appendix') if a significant product or by-product of your project is the creation of an electronic resource. Advice on completing this section of the application is available within the AHRC funding guide (p67ff.).
Since 19 April 2011, those applying to the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) who will generate research data as part of their project are responsible for preparing and submitting data management and sharing plans as part of the Je-S application. For what is expected to be included, see the ESRC's Research Data Policy. The ESRC also requires its award holders to offer any data resulting from an award to the UK Data Archive via the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), which offers detailed guidance on the development of an appropriate data management plan as part of your research grant proposal.
For applications to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) it should be noted that the Council adopted a new Data Management Policy in January 2011. The policy introduces a formal requirement for all applications for NERC funding to include outline data management plans, which will be evaluated as part of the standard NERC grant assessment process. All successful applicants for funding will be required to produce a full data management plan, in conjunction with the relevant NERC data centre.
For applications to the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), there is no formal requirement that a data management plan be drafted at application stage. The EPSRC does, however, still expect data to be preserved and shared, in accordance with their Policy Framework on Research Data.