As of the 1st of May 2015 EPRSC-funded projects have to comply with several new expectations.
EPSRC expectations arise from core principles summarised below:
"Publicly funded research data should generally be made as widely and freely available as possible in a timely and responsible manner";
preservation and sharing of data contribute to the impact of research;
"The research process should not be damaged by the inappropriate release of such data" and "researchers should be entitled to a limited period of privileged access to the data they collect";
Researchers and students funded by EPSRC "will be required to comply with this policy, or, in exceptional circumstances, to provide justification of why this is not possible" (exemptions for legal, ethical and/or commercial reasons); EPSRC can contribute to supporting the costs involved by data management.
EPSRC Research Data Policy - Definition of research data
"Research data is defined as recorded factual material commonly retained by and accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings; although the majority of such data is created in digital format, all research data is included irrespective of the format in which it is created."
Implementation notes for these principles are explained below.
|Expectations for all EPSRC-funded projects|
|Your pending publications|
|Your research data|
|Data Management Plan||You should also use a Data Management Plan when developing your project; this will also help you to anticipate data management costs. - Information on Data Management Plans & on costing data management|
If you have any difficulty in meeting these expectations, and at whatever stage of your project, please contact your Research Data Support Officers.
These FAQs for EPSRC-funded projects can also be of help.