Research data management sections in ARC applications
The Australian Research Council (ARC) wants to maximise the benefit of Australia’s publicly funded research and states that increasing access to research data is part of this process.
- Since 2007 the ARC has encouraged researchers to deposit data in open access repository.
- Since February 2014 the ARC has required researchers to “outline how they plan to manage research data arising from ARC-funded research.”
- The RDM outline should include information regarding storage, access and reuse, and sensitive data if applicable.
- This requirement applies to all National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) applications.
- The text for this requirement is expected to be no more than half a page.
- RDM contributes to the ‘Research Environment’ and ‘Feasibility & Benefit’ criteria.
- Although not mandated, ARC is strongly encourages open access for ARC-funded research outputs and data.
- The ARC aims to encourage researchers to consider how they can “best manage, store, disseminate and reuse data.”
In November 2016 the ARC updated the Funding Rules for 2017 and 2018 NCGP grant applications. One of the clauses updated was the ‘Publication and Dissemination of Research Outputs and Research Data’, which now reads:
All ARC-funded research Projects must comply with the ARC Open Access Policy on the dissemination of research findings, which is on the ARC website. In accordance with this policy, any Research Outputs arising from a Project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a 12 month period from the date the Research Output was published or made publicly available. Where this requirement cannot be met, reasons must be provided in the Final Report for the Project. Research Output metadata must be made available in an institutional repository immediately upon publication. The ARC Project ID must be included in the metadata.
Researchers and institutions have an obligation to care for and maintain research data in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018). Researchers must outline briefly in their Proposal how they plan to manage research data arising from a Project. The ARC strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from a Project in an appropriate publically accessible subject and/or institutional repository. Where appropriate, the Final Report must outline how data has been made publicly accessible.
The ARC strongly encourages all researchers applying for funding to have an ORCID Identifier in their RMS Profile.