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ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)

ESRC LogoThe ESRC supports the view that publicly-funded research data is a public good, produced in the public interest and should be openly available to the maximum extent possible. It is committed to long-term preservation, high quality data management and strengthening the provision for secondary data analysis and expects grant holders to generate scientifically robust data ready for further reuse.

The expectations from the ESRC concerning the management of and provision of access to research data, and what you will need to do in order to comply with those expectations, are summarised below.

Complete a Data Management Plan for ESRC

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 Economic and Social 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)

Data Management Plan

  • A Data Management Plan (DMP) is required by all applicants at the funding application stage. If data sharing is not possible, you must present a strong argument to justify your case.
  • A statement on data sharing must be included in the relevant section of the Je-S application form.
  • Within the DMP, barriers to data sharing - along with any measures you plan to take to overcome them - should be identified.
  • For sensitive data explicit mention of consentanonymisation and potential access restrictions (see ESRC Framework for Research Ethics) should be made in the DMP.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Management Plan from ESRC, 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 ESRC Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • Research data should be made available to the scientific community in "a timely and responsible manner".
  • ESRC data service providers are responsible for ensuring long-term access to the data.
  • ESRC expects researchers to investigate copyright issues and to attempt to gain copyright clearance so that data can be shared at the end of the project. The University's Copyright Officer can assist with copyright issues by emailing copyright@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • After funding is awarded, grant holders are required to seek further advice and guidance from the UK Data Service.
  • ESRC state that it will monitor compliance with its policies. The final payment of a grant may be withheld if data has not been offered for deposit to the required standard, unless a waiver has been agreed in advance.

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

  • ReShare (UK Data Archive)Research data collections that result from an ESRC award are required to be submitted for archiving to the UK Data Service ReShare repository within three months of the end of the grant.‌
  • ESRC Research Centres often manage multiple datasets at different stages of the research process. Consult their advice for Centres in helping keep track of your Centre's data assets and coordinating future data deposits. Centres should get in touch when ready to deposit a collection of data.

Policy


Help with costs

  • As with all RCUK Research Councils, all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds.
  • ESRC will provide appropriate funding for data management where the costs of implementation have been included in the DMP.

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