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BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)

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The BBSRC expects:

"research data generated as a result of BBSRC support to be made available, with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner to the scientific community for subsequent research."

BBSRC take the stance that applicants should make use of existing standards for data collection and management and should make data available through existing community resources or databases where possible. Software and models arising from funded grants are covered by BBSRC's data sharing policy.

BBSRC expects that any biological resources accompanying the data should also be made available, either through deposition with the most appropriate collection or directly from the grant holder, for a minimum of 2 years following publication of any paper describing those organisms.


Expectations of particular note

  • A data management plan should be submitted at the grant application stage.
  • Sharing via an appropriate database, repository or other community resource is expected where possible. The chosen mechanism of data sharing should afford the widest availability for generating added value and enabling re-use.
  • Data must be released no later than the publication of findings and within three years of project completion.
  • Commercial interests should not “unduly delay or prevent sharing” of data funded by BBSRC.
  • Data must be available for a minimum of ten years after project end and in a form appropriate for secondary use.
  • Compliance with the BBSRC Data Sharing Policy is checked by BBSRC as part of the Final Report Assessment at the close of a project.
  • Certain data types are considered by the BBSRC to have an especially high reuse value.
  • BBSRC requires research outputs (i.e. journal articles) to provide a means by which third parties can access any underpinning research datasets.

Data Management Plan

If you are applying for responsive research funding, you should complete a data management plan (DMP) as part of your research grant proposal on J-eS in order to demonstrate a willingness to share data. This should include concise plans for data management and sharing as part of the research grant proposal or provide explicit reasons why data sharing is not possible or appropriate.

The plan must

  • be a maximum of one page long;
  • be included as an additional page in the case for support; and
  • cover topics suggested in BBSRC Data Sharing Policy.

For more details, check the BBSRC guidance on data management plans. Additional guidance on how DMPs will be assessed can also be found in section 3 of the guidance notes for reviewers.

You can write your data management plan by using a template for the BBSRC data management plan provided by DMPonline, an online tool that provides funders' templates and guidance. We can help you writing your plan or simply review it before submission; please, allow enough time for consultation.

Please note that the data management plan will be considered separately from the scientific excellence of the grant proposal; however, an application’s credibility will suffer if the reviwers agree that the statement is inappropriate.

If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your data management plan, we would appreciate if you could share it with the Research Data Management team as a good example of a BBSRC Plan for use within the University. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Research data management costs

  • As with all UKRI Research Councils, all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds.
  • The BBSRC recognises that data sharing has time and cost implications. Where justifiable, funding to support the management and sharing of research data (staffing, additional physical resources such as extra storage and networking capability, etc.) can be requested as part of the full Economic Cost (fEC) of your research project.

More information on costing research data management can be found in the section on costing of research data.


We can help you understand and meet the BBSRC requirements on research data, from writing the DMP to sharing your data. Simply contact us at any time, or come and see us during our open office hours, every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm.    

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