Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

General Info

On March 29th 2018, AHRC removed its requirement for a Technical Plan, replacing it with a requirement to submit a Data Management Plan, which will be mandatory for all Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows proposals. 

For general information about this change (and a warning about potential compatibility issues with the Je-S system) please see

Name of Policy

The AHRC does not have a standalone data policy. Research data is covered in the Research Funding Guide (latest revision v4.3, March 2018). See in particular sections on "Data Management Plan" (1.5.9) and "Access to Data - deposit of resources or datasets" (section 8).


Policy Specifics

Data Plan

A Data Management Plan is "mandatory to include for all Leadership Fellows, Research Grants and Follow on Funding applications but is not required for Research Networking.” Guidance on the length and coverage of the Data Management Plan is given in section of the Research Funding Guide.


Additional Guidance

  • Frequently Asked Questions [PDF document]
  • About the Data Management Plan [PDF document which details the topics which an AHRC data management plan should address – effectively a non-mandatory template]
  • Data Management Points [PDF document elaborating the expectations on researchers and their institutions, including an obligation to confirm that “The proposal has been written in line with your institution’s data management policy” and that “You have consulted with the institution’s data support (e.g. library services, IT department)”]

Data Sharing / Access

AHRC's DMP requirements asks "Will the data be open or will you charge for it? Justify if charging to access the data" and states that "Financial requirements of sharing" must be justified in the JoR (Justification of Resources).

Time Limits for Deposit and Retention

"Grant Holders in all areas must make any significant electronic resources or datasets created as a result of research funded by the Council available in an accessible and appropriate depository for at least three years after the end of their grant. The choice of depository should be appropriate to the nature of the project and accessible to the targeted audiences for the material produced." There is no stipulation on how quickly data should be deposited.

Applicants should “advise when you will be releasing and justify if not releasing inline with AHRC guidelines of a minimum of three years”

Data Centre / Data Archive

The AHRC does not operate a data centre. Choice of data depository is left to the grant holder.


“Costs related to long term storage will be permitted providing these are fully justified and relate to the project[.] Full justification must be provided in Justification of Resources (JoR)[.]” 


Award holders are “required to submit outputs, outcomes and impacts linked to your award through the Researchfish system.” AHRC notes that “the monitoring of existing or past awards may be taken into account in the assessment of future applications, particularly if this monitoring is found to be less than satisfactory.”

Post-March 2018, AHRC state that 'If an institution has submitted the proposal and but during auditing it is found that this was not true sanctions may be imposed'. This is generally understood to relate to financial matters, but could be interpreted as covering all aspects of a research funding proposal, including data management.

Related Policies

In common with the other UK research councils, the AHRC policy on data is intended to be read and interpreted in conjunction with the UKRI (formerly RCUK) Common Principles on Data Policy ( and the Concordat on Open Research Data (

The AHRC also has an Open Access policy (, in line with UKRI. Publications should be made available as rapidly and effectively as possible via deposit in an appropriate repository at or around the time of publication. This is a requirement for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).