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MRC requirements

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What does the MRC expect?
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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION STAGE? A data management plan is required as an integral part of the application. Guidance and a template are available. The maximum length for most types of study is three sides of A4 (or four for longitudinal studies), but for less complex projects the plan may be much shorter.
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Costs related to data sharing should be included in the resources section of the proposal form. This may include people, equipment, infrastructure and tools to manage, store, analyse and provide access to data.
  • WHEN AND WHERE TO DEPOSIT DATA: Valuable data arising from MRC-funded research should be made available to the scientific community with as few restrictions as possible, in a timely and responsible manner. Where personal data is involved, the appropriate regulatory permissions must be in place before the data can be shared.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: Data must be released with appropriate high-quality metadata.

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