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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 as an integral part of the application. Guidance and a template DMP are available.
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Funding proposals to MRC should differentiate in broad terms between the proposed costs of (i) collecting and cleaning new data and the associated cohort costs; (ii) the study team’s proposed research programme; (iii) ongoing data curation and preservation; and (iv) data-sharing.
  • WHEN AND WHERE TO DEPOSIT DATA: Researchers should choose an appropriate discipline-specific data repository to enable sharing of data, and deposit ‘in a timely manner’. The MRC will allow a limited defined period of ‘exclusive’ use by the researcher, according to the nature and value of the data and how they are generated and used.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: Yes – data must be released with high-quality metadata to enable sharing

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