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Wellcome Trust requirements

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What does the Wellcome Trust expect?
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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION? Yes, researchers are required to submit a plan for data management and sharing when they will generate data that will hold significant value as a resource for the wider research community. In other words, the dataset holds clear potential to be re-used for purposes beyond the original research for which it was collected. Plans should address seven questions: what data generated will have value; when will it be shared; where will it be available; how will others access it; any limits to data sharing; preservation plans; and resources required. Guidance is given on how to develop a data management and sharing plan.
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Yes, researchers may include costs associated with data management and sharing as part of the proposal.
  • DATA DEPOSIT AND TIMESCALES: The Trust expects all data underlying publications to be shared openly and accessible from the time of publication unless there are specific reasons not to do so, e.g. to protect the privacy of the subjects. Where suitable repositories exist, data should also be deposited at the time of publication. Research institutions are also required to maintain data securely for a minimum of ten years.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: Researchers should make relevant data available to others on publication of their research, however opportunities for timely and responsible pre-publication sharing of data should also be maximised.

The Wellcome Trust is a charity which funds biomedical research.