Scholarly Communications

Research data management

Funder requirements

Most of the major funders have research data policies. The table below outlines the requirements of a number of the major UK funding bodies and charities.

full coverage Full coverage partial coverage Partial coverage no coverage No coverage
 CoveragePolicy StipulationsSupport provided
Research Funders
Published
outputs
Data
Time limts
Data Plan
Access/
sharing
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
CRUK full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage no coverage no 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

Wellcome 

Trust

full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage full coverage partial coverage full coverage

Table originally created by the Digital Curation Centre and is made available here under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) requirements

As of 1 May 2015 the University and its researchers need to be compliant with the EPSRC expectations on data. These nine expectations outline how EPSRC expects research data to be managed throughout the lifetime of your project and after.

University Professional Services staff and researchers will be working together to ensure compliance with the expectations.

Expectation one: Research organisations will promote awareness of the expectations and data principles

At Loughborough we have an RDM blog where we will regularly post updates and information on research data management (RDM) issues.

We also run regular training sessions to both research staff and PGR students.

Professional Services staff can run sessions for your research group or department. Contact rdm@lboro.ac.uk if you wish us to speak to you and your colleagues.

Expectation four: non-digital data needs to be stored in a manner to facilitate it being shared in the event of a valid request for access to the data

EPSRC don’t expect all data to be digitised. However, data being non-digital will not be an acceptable reason for not sharing the data. As such, if you are creating non-digital data (surveys, questionnaires etc.) then plans will need to be in place to share this data (if applicable).

Expectation five: Metadata describing research data should be published (normally with 12 months of the data being generated)

You can create metadata-only records in the Loughborough data repository. This allows metadata records to be published and made accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

Expectation six: If access to the data is restricted for any reason then the metadata should state why this is the case

The Loughborough data repository allows data to be embargoed for a defined period of time (e.g. 12 months) or to be marked as confidential (effectively an embargo period of “forever”). When an embargo is required or an item is labelled as confidential we require that researchers include a statement explaining why the restrictions have been placed on the data.

Expectation seven: EPSRC research data will be securely preserved for a minimum of ten years

The Loughborough data repository meets this expectation. Library and IT staff work with our suppliers to ensure that your data is securely preserved for at least 10 years.

Expectation eight: Data should be curated throughout the whole “data lifecycle”

IT services and School or Departmental staff are available to help with data curation during the “active” phase of the data lifecycle. Libraty and IT staff work with our archival storage suppliers to curate and preserve your data once it has been archived.

Expectation nine: Research organisations will ensure adequate resources are provided to support the curation of publicly-funded research data.

Loughborough has plans in place to fund the data repository. In addition, RDM costs are an allowable charge in applications to the EPSRC. As such, if you do require server space, extra hard drives, laptops etc. to complete your work then we would recommend that you include these costs in your grant application. Research Office staff are available to help you include these costs in your application.