The Swedish Research Council and the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) have developed a template with six central parts that a data management plan should cover. It is a partially reworked version of Science Europe’s template “Core Requirements for Data Management Plans”. Please feel free to use the template when you produce your data management plan.
Note: You must not send us any documentation – except if you have a project grant for digitisation and accessibility of cultural heritage collections. According to our general grant terms and conditions, your administrating organisation shall confirm that a data management plan will be in place when you start your project, and also that the plan will be maintained.
Digital tool for data management plans
Sunet has a tool for data management plans. It is one of several possible alternatives that HEIs can use as a support to develop and maintain data management plans. Read more about the tool on Sunet's website (in Swedish) External link.
FAQ on data management plans
The Swedish Research Council has been mandated to coordinate the work of introducing open access to research data in Sweden. The requirement for data management plans is part of this work, and promotes what is known as ‘good data management’. Good data management is important to ensure research data can be used, quality assessed, preserved and be made available openly on the internet.
The requirement for data management plans applies to the Swedish Research Council’s grants for research generating research data.* The requirement applies to all who are awarded grants as from spring 2019.
*Exceptions are grants to organisations/organisation grants, network grants and conference grants.
You must produce a data management plan describing how data collected or created in your research will be managed – both while you carry out the research and afterwards.
Your administrating organisation is responsible for ensuring a data management plan is produced, and that the plan is maintained.
Is there a template I can use?
When you produce your data management plan, you can use the template produced by the Swedish Research Council and the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF). It consists of six central parts that a data management plan should cover.
Shall I send the data management plan to the Swedish Research Council?
Your application to the Swedish Research Council may include funding for all types of project-related costs. However, parts of the data management, such as storage of data, may be the responsibility of your higher education institution, and should therefore be funded by it.
What applies for costs of drawing up a data management plan?
Project-related costs for Swedish Research Council grants only refer to costs that arise during the grant period, which normally starts on 1 January. The data management plan must be drawn up before the research starts, however. On condition that the costs of drawing up a data management plan can be directly attributed to the project in question, and the costs arise during the project period (grant period) and not before, they may be included.
If you have any questions about how to handle and store your research data, please contact your higher education institution.
The Swedish Research Council’s website Registerforskning.se External link. has general information on what applies when you use register data in your research.