Do I have to write a DMP?
No. The EPSRC do not require a DMP as part of a funding proposal. But…
EPSRC expects data sharing and long-term preservation. Specifically, data underpinning publications must be available for up to 10 years from the date the data becomes available or after the last request for access. They also require information (metadata) “sufficient to allow others to understand what research data exists, why, when and how it was generated, and how to access it” to be freely available via the internet. If digital, the data should also be accessible through a “robust digital object identifier”.
Should I write a DMP?
Yes. EPSRC does not require DMPs to be submitted with research grant applications but one of their research data principles states “…project specific data management policies and plans… …should exist for all data”
A DMP will help you identify a suitable archive or repository that can provide long-term storage and accessibility, provide the structure for EPSRC standard metadata, and provide a robust identifier. A plan will also allow you scope to identify and address any commercial, legal, or ethical issues that would prevent the data being made available for reuse. It will also identify individual and institutional responsibilities for meeting the EPSRC’s expectations.
How can I write a DMP then?
The DCC’s DMPonline tool includes an EPSRC tailored DMP.
What about costs?
Highlight potential storage and management costs in your budget.
What else should I read?