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NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)

Natural Environment Research Council logo‌NERC's data sharing policy is in place to ensure the continuing availability of environmental data of long-term value for research, teaching, and for wider exploitation for the public good, by individuals, government, business and other organisations; and to:

  • support the integrity, transparency and openness of the research it supports.
  • help in the formal publication of datasets, as well as enabling the tracking of their usage to be tracked through citation and data licences.
  • meet relevant legislation and government guidance on the management and distribution of environmental information.

Click here to complete a DMP for NERC

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 Natural Environment Research Council when asked for a funder,  tick the DCC guidance box and click Create Plan to get started.

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

Data Management Plan

  • Usually a few lines in the Outline Data Management Plan (ODMP) is required at the application stage on Je-S. This will form the final page of the Case for Support for all schemes and should address three issues:
    • Data management procedures to be followed during the lifetime of the grant or fellowship.
    • Existing datasets to be used by the grant or fellowship (comment on a any restrictions on reuse).
    • Datasets likely to be created by the grant or fellowship which will be made available to a NERC Environmental Data Centre at the end of the grant.
  • A fuller Data Management Plan (DMP) must be provided to NERC within three months of the project’s starting date.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Management Plan from NERC, 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 NERC Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • You are entitled to 'right of first use' (i.e. exclusive access) to the data you generate, but this period must not be longer than two years from the end of data collection/creation.
  • Information on all data held within its data centres will be made available through the NERC Data Catalogue Service (DCS).
  • All research publications arising from NERC funding must include a statement on how underpinning research datasets can be accessed.
  • NERC will supply the environmental data it holds for free, apart from a few special cases.

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

‌At the end of a research project, NERC requires that all datasets with long-term value should be made available for others to use with as few restrictions as possible and in a timely manner, usually via one of the NERC Data Centres:

DisciplineData Centre
Atmospheric British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)
Earth observation NERC Earth Observation Data Centre (NEODC)
Geoscience National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC)
Marine British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)
Polar and cryosphere Polar Data Centre (PDC)
Solar and space physics UK Solar System Data Centre (UKSSDC)
Terrestrial and freshwater Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC)

Criteria to identify datasets with long-term value can be found NERC's Data Value Checklist.


Policy


Help with costs

  • As with all RCUK Research Councils, all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds.
  • Applications for NERC funding must identify all resources needed to implement 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 a NERC- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your NERC Data Management Plan. We also provide some University guides for NERCC funding applicants (see the right hand side of this page), which are intended as complementary to NERC’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