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STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)

‌STFC, through the facilities it operates and subscribes to and the grants it funds, is one of the main UK producers of scientific data. These data are one of the major outputs of STFC and a major source of its economic impact. STFC, as a publicly funded organisation, has a responsibility to ensure that this data is carefully managed and optimally exploited, both in the short- and the long-term.

STFC define data as:

  • "raw" scientific data directly arising as a result of experiment, measurement and/or observation
  • "derived" data that have been subject to some form of standard or automated data reduction procedure
  • "published" data that are displayed or otherwise referred to in a publication and based on which the scientific conclusions are derived.

Click here to complete a DMP for STFC

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 Science and Technology Facilities 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

  • Typically required at the proposal stage, explaining how the STFC requirement will be met. Your DMP should be submitted as an attachment on Je-S.
  • The DMP should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • Any reasons for not sharing data should be explained (e.g. legislative, ethical, commercial, privacy and security issues).
  • Should be clear, concise and proportionate– both to the scale and type of the datasets generated – and take into account:
    • the value of the data
    • the likely level of future re-use
    • the complexity and levels of data
    • the cost effectiveness of preservation compared to re-creation.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Management Plan from STFC, 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 STFC Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • STFC-funded research data must be made freely available after project completion.
  • A defined period of exclusive data use is permitted; thereafter data must be made publicly available unless there are specific reasons why this should not happen.
  • Applicants should ensure that raw data remains available for ten years from project completion, while data which is not remeasurable (e.g. earth observations) is retained "in perpetuity".
  • Data underpinning published research outputs should be available within six months of the output’s publication.

Policy


Help with costs

  • As with all RCUK Research Councils, all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds.
  • STFC will consider costs associated with the data management plan as part of the grant review process.
  • STFC expect data management to make use of existing skills where possible, but allow justification to be made for additional specialist staff or training to enable effective management, preservation, and sharing of data. Justified requests can also be made for resources to cover any computational facilities needed to manage, store and share the data generated by the research.

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