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BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)

BBSRC 20 years of Pioneering Logo‌The 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 say that applicants should make use of existing standards for data collection and management and 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.

‌Complete a Data Management Plan for BBSRC

This link will take you through to DMPonline, a tool developed by the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) to help you write DMPs. 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 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council when asked,  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 if you need any help.

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

Data Management Plan

If you are applying for responsive research funding, you should complete a 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 1 page long;
  • be included as an additional page in the case for support; and
  • cover topics suggested in BBSRC Data Sharing Policy.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Management Plan from the BBSRC, we would appreciate if you could share with the Research Data team (email as a good example for a BBSRC Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • 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.

Where should I deposit my data at the end of the project?

  • ‌Sharing via an appropriate, established repository is expected in research areas where such repositories exist.
  • BBSRC currently supports a number of resources that are available for the bioscience community to use and is currently developing a number of such repositories as part of the Bioinformatics and Biological Resources fund.


Help with costs

  • As with all RCUK 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 ocst implications. Where justifiable, funding to support the management and sharing of research data (for example: 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 at "How Do I cost for RDM in the planning stages?".

Further help

You can book a meeting by emailing the Research Data team at who are happy to help you to formulate a BBSRC- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your BBSRC Data Sharing Plan.

More Information


Research Data team

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

Tel: (01334) 462343