The MRC policy has a similar stance on open data to the other UKRI funders as shown in their policy statement:
“The MRC expects valuable data arising from MRC-funded research to be made available to the scientific community with as few restrictions as possible so as to maximize the value of the data for research and for eventual patient and public benefit. Such data must be shared in a timely and responsible manner”
Do I have to submit my DMP?
Yes, the MRC describe them as an integral part of the application process. Guidance for both applicants and peer reviewers, along with a link to a template, can be found on the website.
Can I include costs for data management in my application?
Although it is not absolutely clear which costs will be met by the MRC, points 9 and 10 of 'What is required of a DMP?' in this guidance document provides information regarding funding requests for data management. The document advises to differentiate between costs carefully in the funding application between (i) collecting and 'cleaning' new data; (ii) own research on newly acquired and legacy data; (iii) ongoing data curation and preservation; and (iv) providing access data-sharing.
In early 2018, the MRC (together with Wellcome, Cancer Research UK, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) announced that they would cover all costs involved in sharing academic clinical trials data via the Clinical Study Data Request (CSDR) website.
What is the normal retention period?
MRC differentiates between research data (minimum 10 years) and data that originates from health and clinical trials (minimum 20 years) in these MRC good research practice principles and guidelines.
Where should I deposit?
Researchers are advised to share data through a discipline based or institutional repository.
How do I protect Intellectual Property?
The MRC policy states that 'a limited, defined, period of exclusive use of data for primary research is reasonable according to the nature and value of the data and how they are generated and used.'
Further information is available in Section H of this Ethics document.
Sherpa/Juliet has a summary of the MRC data archiving policy.