Posts about: Research Policy

Are you involved in EPSRC funded research?

5 May 2015

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:

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

Important notice for EPSRC-funded researchers

13 March 2015

EPSRC-funded researchers should be aware that if you are writing/submitting research papers which acknowledge EPSRC funding for publication on/after 1st May 2015 you MUST include a data access statement to enable compliance with new EPSRC expectations. This statement should include a persistent URL directly linking to the dataset or to supporting documentation that describes the data in detail, how it may be accessed and any constraints that may apply.

EPSRC will be auditing papers which acknowledge their funding to check that they include a data access statement and where this is missing, or if there are problems accessing the data, they will follow this up with the PI and could impose sanctions.

The University is developing the infrastructure and support to enable compliance with the EPSRC research data management expectations. However, this Service will not be fully operational before autumn so an alternative solution has been developed for authors who will be publishing papers in the interim. For details, please contact Hannah Baker, Research Data Manager, ext. 56707 or

More details are available here:

Research Data Management Survey: Your views are needed!

3 July 2014

The University of Salford recognises the importance of the data generated through our research activities, and is working to improve the way in which research data is securely managed and shared.

As part of this work the Library are conducting a survey of researchers to help them understand current practice surrounding the management of research data. It is critical that they hear from as many researchers as possible, as the results of this survey will inform the development of the infrastructure, support services, and policies that we hope will benefit you. The more information they receive about your research data, the more they can tailor the Research Data Management Service to your specific needs.

This survey is designed to:

  • Help understand the data held by you
  • Discover influences and barriers to managing research data
  • Establish what advice and support you require
  • Identify current levels of research data management practice in Schools

The survey is open until 6pm Tuesday 9th September 2014 and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

If you are creating and/or managing research data please take time to complete the survey here.

Supporting open access to your publications

27 February 2014

Open Access Support Scheme

The University has set up an Open Access Support Scheme to help you make your peer reviewed journal articles Open Access by way of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher.

This way you will be able to benefit from immediate, unrestricted access to the final published version of your paper.

To apply to the fund please complete the form at:

There are no submission deadlines.

To find out more about your Open Access options, you can contact Helen Kenna, the Repository Manager at the Library on extension 56370 or on

Research Professional provide all you need to know about research policy and funding

3 October 2013

Every colleague at the University of Salford can set  up a Research Professional account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their broad subject area.  You can also tailor your searches further by establishing additional alerts based on your specific area of expertise.

Research Professional have created several guides to help introduce their service to you.

Quick Start Guide: Explains to users their first steps with the website, from creating an account to searching for content and setting up email alerts, all in the space of a single page.

User Guide: More detailed information covering all the key aspects of using ResearchProfessional.

We have also recently subscribed to a new service called the Funding Insight. This  includes:

  1. A comprehensive calendar of call deadlines – all calls from UK research councils, which also pools information from the top 12 funders;
  2. A comprehensive list of projects awarded by key UK funders – Research councils and key Trusts and Charities
  3. News on recent awards across the UK HE sector – which are very useful for our external benchmarking
  4. Know how section – this section includes intelligence on grantsmanship, impact, budgets, information and tips for early career researchers, and much more.

We would like to encourage you to register for Research Professional’s services and please do not hesitate to contact the Funding Team (R&I Developement Team) if you have any questions or problems using the service.

Open Access Support Scheme

11 September 2013

The University has set up an Open Access Support Scheme to help researchers make their peer reviewed research Open Access by way of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher. Open Access ensures that your research benefits from immediate, unrestricted access to the final published version of your paper.

Making publicly funded research Open Access is a condition of grant for many funding bodies and it is important that researchers are fully informed about the policy of their Research Funder before submitting articles to any publishers.

To apply to the fund please complete the form at: and to find out more about your Open Access options please contact us at or on 0161 295 6370.

EU Commission Study on Open Access Released

22 August 2013

A recent study, funded by the European Commission, suggests that around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 are made available via open access.

Open access will be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from the new EU research funding programme Horizon2020.

The study, undertaken by Science-Metrix, looked at the availability of scholarly publications in 22 fields of knowledge in the European Research Area, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Two further reports by the same group have also been released, one examining open access policies and the second focusing on issue surrounding open access to data. The research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. This is about twice the level estimated in previous studies, explained by a refined methodology and a wider definition of open access. The study also estimates that more than 40% of scientific peer reviewed articles published worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are now available online in open access form. The study looks at the EU and some neighbouring countries, as well as Brazil, Canada, Japan and United States of America.

For more information and to access the reports, please follow the link below.

New EU Marine Strategy for the Atlantic

22 May 2013
The European Commission has published a new ‘Action Plan for the Atlantic Ocean’, the main aim of which is to help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the “blue economy” while also preserving the environmental stability of the Atlantic. This article summarises the key references to research, including on the link with Horizon 2020.