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Supporting research data management costs through funding

One of the principles in the research council common principles on data policy is that it is “appropriate to use public funds to support the management and sharing of publicly-funded research data”. Research organisations are responsible for making sure there are enough resources allocated to research data management, for example from quality-related research funding or from research grants.

To help clarify how Research Council grant funding can be used to help cover the costs involved, please see our guidance (PDF, 467KB). This reiterates existing guidance on how research grants may be spent – all costs associated with research data management are eligible expenditure of research grant funds with the conditions that:

  • no expenditure can be ‘double funded’ (a service that is centrally supported by the indirect costs paid on all research grants cannot then also be included as a direct cost on a grant)
  • all directly incurred expenditure of a grant must incurred before the end date of the grant.