The EPSRC has made changes to its grant requirements. As of the 1st May 2015, both the University and its researchers are required to adhere to a set of expectations with regards to research data management.
All University of Salford researchers and research students funded by EPSRC are expected to:
- Ensure that your digital research data is securely stored and managed during a project.
- Create a metadata record describing your research data within 12 months of the data being generated and, if it is digital data, include a persistent identifier
- Ensure that your digital research data is securely preserved and made accessible for a minimum of ten years, in a suitable data repository, once your project has finished. You may delay providing access to your data if this is necessary to protect intellectual property. Only in exceptional circumstances should your data not be made accessible and this must be agreed with the EPSRC, preferably at the beginning of the project.
- Non-digital data must be stored in a manner that will facilitate access, should a request to access it be received.
- Include a statement within published research papers describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed
- Ensure any resources associated with research data management are included in your data management plan and in your EPSRC grant application.
For more details about the EPSRC expectations see our website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/research-data-management/funder
The University is developing the services, policies and support that will enable researchers to meet these expectations. This includes providing secure storage to host large data volumes, a collaboration space, a source code repository, and a data repository with the ability to create Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). An updated website, enquiry service and training sessions are also being developed. We expect these to be available by autumn 2015. However, we have made interim arrangements and if you are publishing papers, or need any assistance in the meantime, please contact Hannah Baker, Research Data Manager, ext. 56707 or firstname.lastname@example.org