A key principle of the NERC data policy is:

“The environmental data produced by the activities funded by NERC are considered a public good and they will be made openly available for others to use. NERC is committed to supporting long-term environmental data management to enable continuing access to these data”

Do I have to submit my DMP?

All NERC proposals require an Outline Data Management Plan to identify data sets of long term value that should be made available to NERC data centres for archiving and reuse at the end of the fellowship or grant. Plans and guidance can be found on their website. If the proposal is successful, a full data management plan must then be produced within 3-6 months of the start date of the grant.

Can I include costs for data management in my application?

Although it is not specified which particular costs will be met by NERC, researchers are required to “include in grant applications the costs for their project specific data management activities, including the data centres costs related to taking in data of long‐term value”

What is the normal retention period?

The policy does not specify a number of years but as NERC funded researchers are advised to deposit in the NERC data centres, NERC will maintain a Data Value Checklist to identify environmental data of long-term value and these criteria will be used to inform all acceptance and disposal decisions made by the NERC data centres.

Where should I deposit?

NERC has a network of environmental data centres that provide a focal point for NERC's scientific data and information.

How do I protect Intellectual Property?

Point 14 of the data sharing policy states 'Data from NERC-funded activities are provided to the data centres on a non-exclusive basis without prejuduce to any intellectual property'. Guidance on who owns the intellectual property can be found on NERC's Commercialisation website.

Further information

The DCC provides an overview of the funder policies as well as summarising the key point of the NERC policy.

Sherpa/Juliet has a summary of the NERC data archiving policy.

For general enquiries on data management email NERC's data management co-ordinator: Mark Thorley.