Planning ahead for the collection, security, preservation and distribution of your research data is key to successful data management.
Many research funders specify that a DMP must be submitted with any grant application. They may provide a template, and/or set specific terms and conditions for the preservation and distribution of your data. Check your target funder's data management policy before you start preparing a DMP.
University of Hull staff should contact the Research and Innovation Development Team (RIDteam) for expert advice and assistance with idea generation and all aspects of a grant application.
DMPOnline (developed by the UK's Digital Curation Centre) provides a selection of templates, which you can complete online, share with project partners and download for submission: https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk/.
The UoH template features 9 sections covering the data lifecycle from collection to preservation. Contextualised guidance for each section is provided in a side panel.
At any stage, you can download the plan to submit or complete offline. A streamlined Word version is also provided here:
If you intend to collect from human participants, your Data Management Plan should outline your strategy for complying with data protection regulations and standards. If your data is anonymised effectively it can be made public as a research output from your project, with your participants' consent.
A Data Protection Impact Assessment may be necessary if you intend to collect or process highly sensitive data using a platform which has not been approved for University of Hull researchers. Contact the Data Protection Officer for guidance.
Commercially sensitive data should be managed in accordance with the provider's terms and conditions. If your University of Hull research project has generated data which may lead to commercial opportunities, contact the Commercialisation Team.
Certain funders encourage researchers to factor research data management into any application, as 'directly incurred' or 'directly allocated' costs. Advice from the Medical Research Council (2020) is equally applicable to other disciplines:
You should include the costs related to your data sharing. This may include people, equipment, infrastructure and tools to manage, store, analyse and provide access to data.
Where the costs of managing legacy data and sharing are substantial, the proposal should differentiate the resources and funding for the following activities:
Refer to your chosen funder's Guidance for Applicants for further information.
Advice and an activity-based costing tool, designed for social scientists.