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Research Data: Funder Requirements


Funding agencies are keen to see researchers following good data management practices. Writing Data Management Plans and publishing data sets underpinning research results are requirements implemented by an increasing number of research funders. 

Funder Requirements

European Union Funding (Horizon)

The European Commission encourages the Open Access publication of research data under its Horizon program with the  "Open Research Data Pilot" and mandates the submission of DMPs for projects. The Guide centers around the principle that data should be ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’.

H2020 Programme Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon

Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council published an Open Access policy that covers research data alongside publications. Applicants for funding need to include information on data management.

IRC Open Access policy

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board promotes data sharing and requires the submission of DMPs from its awardees.

HRB Policy on Management and Sharing of Research Data

Science Foundation Ireland

The Science Foundation Ireland references FAIR data principles in their Open Science Policy and requires the submission of DMPs for some of their funding calls. 

SFI Open Science Policy and Guidance

More information on Open Access and Research Funders policies can be found in the Research Service LibGuide.

The National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment

Open and FAIR Data plays a key role in the National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment published 2019 by the National Open Research Forum (NORF).

Funder DMP templates

Templates from a range of  funders can be downloaded (or filled in online) at DMPOnline.

Below are some guidance notes and example wordings: