Overview of funders' data policies

The coverage of funders' publication and data policies and the support they provide is summarised in the table below and the clarifications that follow.

Further details are available on the individual funders' policy pages and directly from each funder's website.

Key:

  • Full Coverage
  • Partial Coverage
  • No Coverage
  Policy Coverage Policy Stipulations Support Provided
Research Funders  Published outputs   Data   Time limits   Data plan   Sharing/
access 
 Long-term curation   Monitoring   Guidance   Repository  Data centre Costs
AHRC full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage no coverage full coverage no coverage partial coverage partial coverage

BBSRC

full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage
EPSRC full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage no coverage no coverage full coverage
ESRC full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage
MRC full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage no coverage partial coverage full coverage no coverage partial coverage
NERC full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage
STFC full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage partial coverage partial coverage

Cancer Research

full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage no coverage full coverage

European Commission

full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage partial coverage partial coverage partial coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage
Wellcome Trust full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage

 

Terminology Clarifications

  • Published outputs: a policy on published outputs e.g. journal articles and conference papers
  • Data: a datasets policy or statement on access to and maintenance of electronic resources
  • Time limits: set timeframes for making content accessible or preserving research outputs
  • Data plan: requirement to consider data creation, management or sharing in the grant application
  • Access/sharing: promotion of OA journals, deposit in repositories, data sharing or reuse
  • Long-term curation: stipulations on long-term maintenance and preservation of research outputs
  • Monitoring: whether compliance is monitored or action taken such as withholding funds
  • Guidance: provision of FAQs, best practice guides, toolkits, and support staff
  • Repository: provision of a repository to make published research outputs accessible
  • Data centre: provision of a data centre to curate unpublished electronic resources or data
  • Costs: a willingness to meet publication fees and data management / sharing costs