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Research Operations Office


Published on 2 April 2015

New funder requirements for sharing research data

Most research funders (research councils, charities and foundations) have introduced policies on research data management. The general expectation is that data from publicly funded research projects should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible.

You can find more information about funder requirements and what to do on the Research Data Management website.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has the strictest research data policy and we have prepared a dedicated set of guidelines for researchers funded by the EPSRC. They require that all publications with a publication date on/after 1st May 2015 include a statement describing how to access the underlying research data. After the summer break 2015 the EPSRC will do random checks on research publications to verify compliance with their expectations. 

Other funders also have policies with instructions on how to share research data.

If you would like to know more about research data requirements and help offered by the University of Cambridge, come to the lunchtime ‘Open Data’ session (open to all researchers, staff and research students from the University of Cambridge):

  • Thursday 16 April, Mill Lane Lecture Room 5, 12:30 – 13:30, register here
  • Wednesday 6 May, Clinical School Seminar Room 3, 11:30 – 12:30, register here
  • Thursday 7 May, Mill Lane Lecture Room 6, 12:30 – 13:30, register here
  • Wednesday 13 May, Institute for Manufacturing LT1&2, 12:30 – 13:30, register here

There is also a dedicated session for research students:

  • Monday 20 April, Mill Lane Lecture Room 5, 12:30 – 13:30, register here

If you have any further questions, please e-mail the Research Data Facilitator directly.

Changes to ESRC Research Grants funding thresholds

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are making changes to the funding thresholds for their Research Grant scheme. Currently applications are accepted between £200,000 and £2 million, however under the new arrangement the lower threshold will rise to £350,000 and the upper threshold will be reduced to £1 million at Full Economic Costs. Changes will take place from 1 July 2015.

Further details are available on the ESRC website.

Sanctions against Russia

The European Union has imposed two rounds of sanctions on Russia since 31 July 2014. A guidance document is available on the Research Operations Office website. Principal Investigators should consider this guidance whenever planning to undertake research that will involve the export of equipment, technical knowledge or expertise to Russia. Sanctions may also affect some postgraduate teaching and the receipt of funding from sanctioned Russian individuals or companies.

UKRO Horizon 2020 Slides

Emma Carey, European Advisor for UKRO, gave two presentations on Monday 16 March about Horizon 2020 and the Marie Sklodowska- Curie Actions. A copy of her presentations are now available on our website: