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NERC requirements

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What does the NERC expect?
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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION? All applications for NERC funding need to include a one-page Outline Data Management Plan (ODMP). A fuller Data Management Plan must be provided to NERC within three months of the project’s starting date.
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Yes – applications must identify all resources needed to implement the Data Management Plan.
  • DATA DEPOSIT AND TIMESCALES: At the end of a research project NERC requires that all datasets with long-term value should be made available for others to use with as few restrictions as possible, and in a timely manner, usually via one of the NERC Data Centres. Researchers have ‘right of first use’ to their data but this is normally restricted to two years from the end of data collection.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: All environmental data held by the NERC Data Centres will be made freely available without any restrictions on use – except for a limited number of data sets where third party rights require NERC to restrict access or to levy charges. As with all RCUK-funded publications, all research publications arising from NERC funding must include a statement on how the supporting data and any other relevant research materials can be accessed.

The Natural Environment Research Council is one of the seven major UK Research Councils.