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Research data management

Data management plans (DMPs)

Many of the major funders now require you to either submit a data management plan with your grant application or to create one once your application has been successful.

At Loughborough we have added guidance to the Digital Curation Centre’s DMPonline tool. This is an internationally recognised tool to help you write data management plans.

This table outlines the requirements of the major researcher funders at Loughborough University. Further information on what to include in a data management plan is available on the Library website.

FunderPlan requirementContentLength

AHRC

Technical plan Must use headings provided by AHRC Maximum 4 pages of A4

BBSRC

Data management and sharing plan Must cover topics suggested in the BBSRC policy Maximum one page

EPSRC

Plan required once application is successful No content specified No page limit specified

ERC

No requirement for data management plans None Not applicable

ESRC

Data management plan Must cover topics suggested in the ESRC policyGuidance for DMP reviewers is also provided Usually up to 3 pages
Horizon 2020
Data management plan (for pilot projects) Must cover topics suggested in the Horizon 2020 guidance No page limit

MRC

Data management plan A template and guidance are provided by MRC Maximum 3 pages

NERC

Outline data management plan A template and guidance are provided by NERC Maximum one page (use template)

STFC

Data management plan STFC provides guidance on preparing a data management plan Maximum of 2 pages of A4