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STFC requirements

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  • DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED AT APPLICATION? Yes, a data management plan is required at the application stage for most funding schemes, with the exception of Public Engagement.
    • Guidance is provided on what the plan should cover. The plan should not be longer than two pages of A4.
    • The STFC advises that Digital Curation Centre (DCC) guidance is followed.
  • HELP WITH COSTS? Any resources required to preserve and share the data should be specified and justified.
  • WHEN AND WHERE TO DEPOSIT DATA: The length of any period of exclusive access to data (e.g. to allow the study team to exploit the results of their research) should be specified and justified.
    • Where there are accepted norms within a field, they should normally be followed. Data underpinning published research outputs should generally be available within six months of the output’s publication.
    • Data should normally be deposited in an appropriate repository – for example, an institutional repository, or a subject-specific database.
  • ACCESS AND DATA SHARING: Data should be made openly available, unless there are specific reasons (e.g. legal or ethical ones) why this should not happen.
    • Where possible, the original data should be retained for a minimum of ten years from the end of the project. Where data is not re-measurable, efforts should be made to retain it indefinitely.
    • Data should be accompanied by sufficient metadata to enable reuse.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of the seven major UK Research Councils.