Funder data policies

Many UK and international funding bodies now have policies on research data management or data sharing. Most UK funder data policies are aligned with Research Council UK's Common Principles on Data Policy, which states that publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible.

You should be aware of the expectations of policies relevant to your research. Policies typically specify which types of data they cover, and address the following topics:

  • requirements for the submission of data management plans, either with grant applications or in the first months of a funded project;
  • how project budgets should address the costs of data management;
  • how data should be archived and shared, including minimum retention periods, maximum embargo periods, and acceptable grounds for not sharing data;
  • which metadata and documentation standards should be used;
  • requirements for data access statements and acknowledgement of data creators.

Industrial collaborators may have different practices with which you will also need to comply. These should be set out in a collaboration agreement or studentship agreement covering your research.

Individual funder policies

For a summary of the main requirements of your funder, follow the corresponding link below. We recommend you also read the full text of your funder's policy, where applicable, using the link provided.

Alternatively, the Digital Curation Centre maintains an overview of major funder policies.

If you have any queries about your funders' policies, or your funder is not listed here, contact us at