Data management is a key element of the research process. This is why your funder expects you to think about data management very early in your research planning stage.
Planning is essential
Most major research funders now require some form of documentation at the application stage, to explain how the applicant plans to manage any research data they will create. The extent and detail of these policies can vary.
Some funders prefer this information to be included within the main application while others ask for a separate data management plan (DMP), technical plan or similar document.
Data expectations of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
If you are funded by UKRI, in line with policy on Open Access to publications you are required to include a statement in your published paper on how and on what terms any underlying data can be accessed by third parties (Data access statements). If there are considered to be good or compelling reasons to limit access to the data, these should be included in the statement.
Please select your Research Council below to see the relevant data expectations and get further links for help and guidance.