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AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

Arts & Humanities Research Council logoAHRC support Research Council UK's Common Principles on Data Policy and state that:

"Making research data available to users is a core part of the Research Councils’ remit and is undertaken in a variety of ways."‌

The AHRC is primarily interested in digital outputs, including open-source software, but the policy does not apply to project websites.

Complete a Technical Plan for AHRC

This link will take you through to DMPonline, a tool developed by the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) to help you write your Technical Plan. You will need to create an account and link it to your University credentials if you have not already done so.

Once successfully logged into DMPonline, select Arts and Humanities Research Council when asked for your funder, tick the DCC guidance box and click Create Plan to get started.

Further guidance is provided for each section, but please do get in touch at research-data@st-andrews.ac.uk if you need any help.

This quick guide will help you find your way around DMPonline: Getting Started with DMPonline (PDF, 2,278 KB)

Technical Plan

The Technical Plan should be submitted at the grant application stage on Je-S, where digital outputs or digital technologies are an essential part to the planned research outcomes. The plan:

  • should give a summary of those outputs
  • should explain the technical methodology
  • should provide details of the technical support / experience
  • should address preservation, sustainability and use
  • must not exceed 4 pages
  • must use headings provided by AHRC.
Technical Plans are scored out of a possible 6 marks by AHRC. If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Technical Plan, we would appreciate if you could share with the Research Data team (email research-data@st-andrews.ac.uk) as a good example for an AHRC Plan for the University. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

How do I submit my Technical Plan?

Please see the Research Support pages for general guidance on submitting research grant applications.

 

 

 

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/researchsupport/applyingforfunding/applicationsubmission/


Expectations of particular note

  • Digital outputs must be made available and accessible via an ‘appropriate repository’ for at least three years after the end of the funded project.[1]
  • The default expectation is that all access to these outputs will be free.
  • AHRC will cover “… appropriate costs of preparation and ingest of digital outputs” that are incurred within the funding period.
  • AHRC requires research outputs (i.e. journal articles) to provide a means by which third parties can access any underpinning research datasets.

Policy


Help with costs

  • As with all RCUK Research Councils, all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds.
  • The AHRC Technical Plan asks how required hardware, software and relevant technical expertise, support and training will be acquired, suggesting that appropriate costs may be budgeted in to grant applications.

More information on costing Research Data Management can be found here.

 

Institutions are to decide whether they are prepared to use funds for any page charges or other publishing fees. Such funds could be part of an institution’s indirect costs under the full economic costing regime.
 
No explicit statement is made regarding the AHRC's willingness to support data management and sharing costs. However, the Techncial Appendix asks how required hardware, software and relevant technical expertise, support and training will be acquired, suggesting that appropriate costs may be budgeted in to grant applications.
- See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/research-funding-policies/ahrc#sthash.HunStyzb.dpuf
Institutions are to decide whether they are prepared to use funds for any page charges or other publishing fees. Such funds could be part of an institution’s indirect costs under the full economic costing regime.
 
No explicit statement is made regarding the AHRC's willingness to support data management and sharing costs. However, the Techncial Appendix asks how required hardware, software and relevant technical expertise, support and training will be acquired, suggesting that appropriate costs may be budgeted in to grant applications.
- See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/research-funding-policies/ahrc#sthash.HunStyzb.dpuf

Further help

You can book a meeting with the Research Data team who are happy to help you to formulate an AHRC- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your AHRC Technical Plann. We also provide some University guides for AHRC funding applicants (see the right hand side of this page), which are intended as complementary to AHRC’s own guidance.


More Information

Contact

Research Data team

University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: (01334) 462343