Research data management

Horizon 2020 Research Data Management Plans

Horizon 2020 have produced guidelines for Research Data Management [PDF 151KB]. All project proposals submitted to 'Research and Innovation actions' as well as 'Innovation actions' should include a section on research data management.

Some projects in Horizon 2020 are part of the Open Research Data Pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects. These projects will require a longer Data Management Plan (DMP) as an early deliverable with the first 6 months of the project.  For the 2014-2015 Work Programme the following areas are participating in the Open Research Data Pilot.

  • 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

Data management plans at proposal stage

The proposal requires a short, general outline of the policy for data management in section 2.2 - Measures to maximise impact. The information should cover

  • 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 re-use. If data cannot be made available, explain why.
  • How will this data be curated and preserved?

Data management plans as part of the Pilot on Open Research Data

Projects which are part of the Pilot on Open Research Data are also required to deliver a full DMP within the first 6 months of the project. There is a template for this included as Annex 1 of Guidelines for Research Data Management 2020 [PDF 151KB].

Guidance for completing a data management plan

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) have added a Horizon 2020 template to their DMPOnline tool. This is a really useful resource that allows you to create, store and share a DMP. The template takes you through the questions asked by the funder and it is recommended that you choose to view additional guidance from the DCC whilst working through the questions.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) have produced an extremely useful guide How to Develop a Data Management Plan that will help with writing both the short outline at proposal stage and the longer DMP if the project is part of the Open Research Data Pilot. Their Checklist for a Data Managment Plan is also very helpful in breaking down the elements required for a DMP.

The DMP is likely to change during the course of the project and should be kept updated. Producing a DMP is good practice for all research projects and will help to ensure that research data is secure and well-maintained during the course of a project and beyond when it might be shared with others.

Example data management plans

Read some examples of data management plans on the DCC website. These include examples from different disciplines and for different funders.

How can I get help?

The Library Research Support team would be happy to discuss your Data Management Plan with you, both at proposal stage and for the full DMP if required. IT Services also have a Research Support team who can advise on technical solutions around storing and working with research data.

There is additional support on data management expected from Horizon 2020 by the end of 2014.

Further information