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AHRC requirements

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What does the AHRC expect?
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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION? All Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows proposals must submit a Data Management Plan. The plan should not exceed two pages. Suggested layout and headings are prescribed by AHRC. (This requirement was introduced in March 2018. Previously, the AHRC required a Technical Plan for projects planning digital outputs.)
  • HELP WITH COSTS? “Costs related to long term storage will be permitted providing these are fully justified and relate to the project.”
  • DATA DEPOSIT AND TIMESCALES? Significant electronic resources and datasets should be made available via “an accessible and appropriate depository” for at least three years after the end of the project. If this is not possible, a justification must be given in the DMP.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING? The default expectation is that access to these outputs will be free. If the intention is to charge for access, this must be justified.


Note: AHRC applicants are required to confirm that they have consulted their institution’s data support services, and that the institution can provide appropriate data storage and other support. Further details are available in the Data Management Points document.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is one of the seven major UK Research Councils.