Funding Agencies

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

  • SSHRC requires that all data collected with the help of SSHRC funds be made available to other researchers. Costs associated with preparing research data for deposit are considered eligible expenses in SSHRC grant programs. Research data includes, but is not limited to: quantitative and qualitative social, political, and economic data sets, experimental research data, and multimedia files.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • CIHR now requires grant recipients to deposit data (bioinformatics, atomic, molecular coordinate data, etc.) into an appropriate public archive immediately upon publication of research results. Data may be deposited into existing discipline-based archives (e.g. GenBank) or other appropriate public archive (e.g. University-based archives such as Scholars Portal Dataverse).

Tri-Council Granting Agencies

  • The Networks of Centres of Excellence is a joint program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Industry Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Why are funding agencies interested in research data management?

The interest of funding agencies stems from the philosophy that research information gathered using public funds should be made publically available. When this information is made available the overall cost of research is reduced by avoiding repetition. In order to ensure research data is comprehensive and accessible a variety of different RDM procedures can be applied such as a Data Management Plan (DMP) outlining your data management procedures at different stages of the project, and preservation of your data in a data centre or repository.

Why do some funding agencies require a DMP in a grant application?

DMPs show funding agencies that the researcher has considered the organization and maintenance of their research data during and after their research project. The adoption of RDM is advantageous to most funding agencies because it reduces the overall cost of research.

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