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Complete a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Cancer Research UK

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 Cancer Reseach UK 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)

Data Management and Sharing Plan

If you are seeking funding from Cancer Research UK, you will be required to submit a data sharing plan as part of your research grant proposal on their Electronic Grants Management System (eGMS). If data sharing is not appropriate, you must include a clear explanation why.

The data sharing plan will be reviewed as part of the funding decision. Funding Committees will assess the appropriateness and adequacy of the data sharing plan and provide specific feedback to applicants where necessary. Cancer Research UK recognises that data sharing strategies will vary according to the type of data collected and thus does not specify the exact content and format of the data sharing plan. They recommend that data should be shared using established standards and existing resources where possible.

The following should be considered when developing a data sharing plan for Cancer Research UK:

  • The volume, type, content and format of the final dataset
  • The standards that will be utilised for data collection and management
  • The metadata, documentation or other supporting material that should accompany the data for it to be interpreted correctly
  • The method used to share data
  • The timescale for public release of data
  • The long-term preservation plan for the dataset
  • Whether a data sharing agreement will be required
  • Any reasons why there may be restrictions on data sharing, for example:
    • Development arrangements through Cancer Research Technology including intellectual property protection and commercialisation
    • Proprietary Data - restrictions due to collaborations with for profit organisations
    • International policies governing the sharing of data collected outside of the UK Confidentiality, ethical or consent issues that may arise with the use of data involving human subjects.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Sharing Plan from Cancer Research UK, we would appreciate if you could share with the Research Data team (email research-data@st-andrews.ac.uk) as a good example for a Cancer Research UK Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • Data must be shared in a "timely and responsible manner".
  • Data should be released no later than the acceptance for publication of the main findings. A limited period of exclusive use of data for privacy research is reasonable.
  • Data should be preserved and available for sharing for a minimum period of 5 years following the end of a research grant.
  • Data should be considered for sharing and made available as widely as possible whilst safeguarding intellectual property, the privacy of patients and confidential data.
  • Data should be properly curated throughout its lifecyce and released with the appropriate high-quality metadata. This is the responsibility of the data custodians, who are usually those individuals or institutes that received funding to create or collect the data.

Policy


Help with costs

  • Cancer Research UK considers timely and appropriate data management and sharing an integral component of the reseacrh process, so will not provide funds for data sharing.

 

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 a Cancer Research UK- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your Data Management Plan. We also provide some University guides for CRUK funding applicants (see the right hand side of this page), which are intended as complementary to CRUK’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