BBSRC

The BBSRC endorses the view that “that widespread data sharing will enable researchers, empower citizens and convey tremendous scientific, economic, and social benefits”

Do I have to submit my DMP?

Yes. Page 7 of the data sharing policy describes how and accompanying FAQ's can be found on the BBSRC website. Areas which should be covered are data areas and data types, standards and metadata, relationship to other data in public repositories, secondary use, methods for data sharing, propriety data, timeframes, and format of the final dataset.

Can I include costs for data management in my application?

Yes, subject to normal rules on grant expenditure and provided these are fully justified within the application.

The data sharing policy states: "BBSRC recognises that data sharing has time and cost implications. Funding to support the management and sharing of research data (for example staffing, physical resources such as storage and networking capability) can be requested as part of the full economic cost of a research project".

The F.A.Q.’s section of the website says: “BBSRC expects applicants to utilise pre-existing data standards and resources for dissemination, where appropriate. Where justifiable, however, funding to support the management and sharing of research data (for example staffing, physical resources such as storage and networking capability) can be requested as part of the full economic cost of a research project. BBSRC also has specific funding mechanisms, for example the Tools & Resources Development Fund and Bioinformatics & Biological Resources scheme, which have key roles to play in supporting the Data Sharing Policy”

What is the normal retention period?

Data must be retained for 10 years after project completion

Where should I deposit?

The BBSRC recognises that different approaches to data sharing will be required in different situations and considers that it is most appropriate for researchers to determine their own strategies for data sharing and outline these within their research grant proposal(s). The researcher's choice of location for data sharing is subject to peer review. Researchers are encouraged to use existing infrastructure to facilitate data sharing where possible and BBSRC funds or otherwise supports a number of such resources.

The policy states:

“Data sharing via deposition in an existing database, repository or other community resource is expected where possible and researchers are encouraged to share data through mechanisms affording the widest availability for generating added value and enabling re-use”.

How do I protect Intellectual Property?

Current data sharing policy FAQ states 'BBSRC recognises that there may be circumstances where restrictions on data sharing will be required. Any Intellectual Property issues or plans for commercialisation should be highlighted in the case for support of the grant application. While BBSRC recognises that commercialisation may require periods of exclusive use of data, it should not preclude or unduly delay or prevent data sharing'

Further information

The DCC provides an overview of funder policies as well as summarising the key points of the BBSRC policy.

Sherpa/Juliet summarises the key points of the BBSRC data archiving policy.  

The BBSRC has an email address for data sharing queries.