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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020All proposals submitted to  "Research and Innovation actions" as well as "Innovation actions" should include a section on research data management.   This will be assessed under the 'Impact' criterion and should provide a short, general outline of your policy for data management, including the following issues:

  • What types of data will the project generate/collect?
  • What standards will be used?
  • How will this data be exploited and/or shared/made accessible for verification and reuse? If data cannot be made available, explain why.
  • How will this data be curated and preserved?

In addition, if you are submitting to an area participating in the Open Research Data Pilot then you will be expected to complete a full data management plan (DMP) within the first 6 months of the project and this should be included in your list of deliverables:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures - part e-Infrastructures
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies
  • Societal Challenge: 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' - part Smart cities and communities
  • Societal Challenge: 'Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials' - except raw materials
  • Societal Challenge: 'Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies'
  • Science with and for Society

Complete a DMP for Horizon 2020

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 European Commission (Horizon 2020) 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 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 DMP should be submitted as a deliverable within the first six months of projects starting participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Other projects are invited to submit a DMP if relevant for their planned research. In both cases, the DMP deliverable must be mentioned in the grant proposal.
  • Data management plans should detail what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. As DMPs mature during the project, more developed plans can be included as additional deliverables at mid-term and final project reviews.
  • New DMPs should be created whenever important changes to the project occur (e.g. due to inclusion of new datasets, changes in consortium policies or external factors)


Expectations of particular note

Horizon 2020 expect that data will be deposited in an appropriate research data repository and take measures to make it possible for third parties to:

  • access;
  • mine;
  • exploit;
  • reproduce; and
  • disseminate free of charge for any user:

... the data, including associated metadata, needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications as soon as possible; and other data, including associated metadata, as specified and within the deadlines laid down in the DMP.

Essentially, the data produced in Horizon 2020 projects should be easily:

  • discoverable;
  • accessible;
  • assessable and intelligible;
  • usable beyond the original purpose for which it was collected; and
  • interoperable to specific quality standards.


Further help

You can book a meeting by emailing the Research Data team at who are happy to help you to formulate a Horizon 2020- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your H2020 Data Management Plan. We also provide some University guides for Horizon 2020 funding applicants (see the right hand side of this page), which are intended as complementary to H2020’s own guidance.

More Information


Research Data team

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

Tel: (01334) 462343