Research Councils UK (RCUK) and other research funding bodies have developed Research Data policies and expect researchers on their funded projects to manage and share their research data.
Data Management Plans are a requirement of many funders, with most requiring these to be submitted with the grant applications, and all funders requiring DMPs to be maintained throughout the project lifecycle whether you are research staff or student. The University has a subscription to DMP Online that provides Plan templates for several funders, and a generic “good practice” plan that can be used by research students or where a funder has not provided a template.
From 1st May 2015 EPSRC require all researchers on their funded projects to be compliant with their Research Data Management requirements. If you are an EPSRC funded researcher please check our page on EPSRC Data Management Compliance for 2015.
RCUK have published common principles on data policy which provide an overarching framework for individual Research Council policies on data policy.
An overview of the main funders’ requirements and data policies can be found on the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) website.
EPSRC Data Management Compliance from 2015
From 01 May 2015 EPSRC Data Management Policy expectations require that the data underlying EPSRC grant funding will need to be made openly available to requests for access.
In addition they also require that you include appropriate provisions for research data management in your research proposal(s) and that project specific Data Management Plans are held for all data.
This is a requirement for research staff as well as research students. Non-compliance could result in the EPSRC imposing restrictions on funding. In the context of the EPSRC, research data is not defined as every piece of data produced during a project. They have indicated that the data which underpins published research outputs should be kept as a priority. However, it is researchers themselves who in the first instance should decide what should be kept and what should not. Please see our guidance on Appraising and Selecting Data or if you require some advice please contact email@example.com
Note: EPSRC does not have its own digital repository and does not specify a preference as to where data should be deposited; they do however require that the data is securely preserved for a minimum of 10 years from the last access date. Further guidance can be found in Storing your Data.
EPSRC recognise there may be constraints on allowing access to such data and therefore allow you to do so. EPSRC do however expect a justification to be provided in your Metadata for limiting access, and how and by whom the restrictions are managed. If this applies to you, please provide details in the Access Statement field of the Metadata Request Spreadsheet.
EPSRC stress it is the researcher in the first instance who should make an informed judgement as to what constitutes supporting datasets for a research paper.