Funders' data plan requirements

Below is an abstract of UK funders' requirements for data plans:

Summary of UK research funders' expectations for the content of data management and sharing plans (PDF)

The DCC also provides full details on funders' data policies.

AHRC: A technical plan is required, where digital outputs or digital technologies are an essential part to the planned research outcomes. This should give a summary of those outputs, explain the technical methodology, technical support / experience, and address preservation, sustainability and use. A Technical Plan should be no more than four pages long.

BBSRC: A data sharing plan is required, which may include details of: data areas, types and formats; standards and metadata; secondary use; methods for data sharing; and timeframes for release. Guidance is available under 'Data Sharing Areas' on p7 of the BBSRC Data Sharing Policy. The DMP should be included in applications as a separate mandatory attachment no longer than one page in length.

Cancer Research UK: CRUK asks researchers to submit a data sharing plan, covering various themes as outlined in its data sharing guidelines. No page limits or specific formatting requirements are imposed.

EPSRC: The EPSRC states that project specific data management policies and plans should exist for all data. However, it does not require that Data Management Plans are submitted as part of grant applications. EPSRC requirements for data management are available in its  policy framework on research data.

ESRC: ESRC grant applicants who plan to generate data are responsible for preparing and submitting data management and sharing plans for their research projects as an integral part of the application. Details of what to include in plans are noted in paragraph 18 of the research data policy.

MRC: A data management plan should be provided at the proposal stage, as per the MRC guidelines. A template is provided explaining what to include. This covers a description of the data, data collection, data management, data security, data sharing and responsibilities. Where substantial data is generated from the research, the DMP will be more in depth and therefore likely to be 2 or 3 pages long. For low impact studies generating small amounts of data, DMPs will be short (ie less than half a page).

NERC: A mandatory, single page, Outline Data Management Plan (ODMP) is required for all grant and fellowship applications, as per the NERC guidelines. Where appropriate, a full DMP will also be written in collaboration with the NERC Environmental Data Centres.

STFC: Data management plans are expected for projects that will result in the production or collection of scientific data. STFC guidelines recommends that eight areas should be addressed. The data management plan attachment is mandatory against most STFC schemes (not Public Engagement) and should be no longer than two pages of A4.

Wellcome Trust: Data sharing plans should address seven key questions as clearly and concisely as possible, as noted in the Trust's Guidance for researchers: Developing a data management and sharing plan. The Wellcome Trust does not dictate a set format for data management and sharing plans where they are required, or impose a page count.