Do I have to write a DMP?
Yes. AHRC require a Data Management Plan. AHRC guidance states: "it is for the applicants to decide how detailed the proposal will need to be."
What does it want?
The AHRC expect a document titled "Data Management Plan" that outlines how the project will look after data. Specifically the AHRC will want to know:
Types of data the research will create and why they are used.
1. Methodologies to create data and how the project team's suitability for managing data, including institutional support consulted (for example. LSE Library, IMT Information Security, Data Protection, Research Ethics).
2. Working storage. Capacity is in place to securely store data and ensure it is not lost.
3. Long-term preservation. Depositing data in a specified archive or archive at the end of the award and why this is an appropriate choice. If data is not to be preserved long-term, provide justification with evidence of having considered alternative data sharing options, such as restrictive licences or secure data services must be provided.
4. How data will be shared and its value to others. Specify, a schedule for releasing data. Justify deviation from AHRC guidelines of a minimum of three years. State if data need to be updated and how it will be done. Mention if there is a cost for data access and, if so, justify charging.
5. Ethical and Legal considerations. Legal (particularly data protection legislation) and ethical considerations in collecting data and sharing data. Focus on informed consent procedures, anonymisation, and licence restrictions on reuse.
6. The plan should be written in size 11 Arial or Times New Roman font with normal 2 cm margins and entitled Data Management Plan. The DMP can be up to a maximum of two pages long. The file should be named: "Surname_DMP".
By submitting a DMP you confirm you consulted institutional support in (where appropriate) research data management, information security, research ethics, and data protection - including reading institutional policies.
AHRC expect DMPs be revisited during an award and as long as required after the project to take into account potential changes in for instance technology/IP/institutional data policy/copyright to ensure legal compliance.
What about costs?
AHRC state: “Costs related to long term storage will be permitted providing these are fully justified and relate to the project".
When do I have to do it?
As part of the funding application.
What else should I read?
AHRC Data Management Plan – text for funding guide.
AHRC DMP FAQ