Funder requirements

An increasing number of funders of academic research require researchers to comply with their policy regarding research data. The requirements vary by funder.

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Research plans submitted to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) must include a short paragraph on data. 

The KNAW requests researchers to store their research data in a data archive and to make them freely available, unless there are important reasons not to. This is usually done when the dataset is complete, at the latest at the close of the project.


Research data are mentioned a few times in the general granting regulations of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO):

  • NWO is joint owner of the datasets compiled in research funded by NWO.
  • The research data collected must be stored and documented in a thorough and accessible manner.
  • Databases are made available for use in further scientific research.

For some disciplines these regulations have been worked out in detail: research data from these disciplines must be stored in a data archive and made available for reuse at the end of the project.

This stipulation holds for the NWO medium and NWO large grants for the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Longitudinal studies and Violence against psychiatric patients.

If a funding request is granted, the researcher must immediately enter into a contract with Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), a KNAW and NWO institute.

Data management pilot

Researchers who wish to apply for certain NWO grants need to answer four questions on data management in their application and submit the first version of a data management plan within four months after approval of the grant.


For a funding request from ZonMW, a data management plan must be outlined. As soon as funding is granted, the plan must be worked out in detail. 

In the plan the researcher must indicate whether the research can be done with existing data, by enlarging existing datasets, or with a new dataset. 

ZonMW also wishes to know how the research data will be shared, when they will be made available to others, and how the data will be made accessible. 


The Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA does not (yet) make any requirements as to data management planning. However, the results of research funded by SIA, for example in the RAAK programme, must be made accessible quickly and fully to education, the profession and further research.

Horizon 2020

Researchers who wish to apply for funding from the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020, are invited to include a paragraph on data management in their project proposal:

  • what types of data will the project generate,
  • will the data be made accessible for verification and reuse, and if so how,
  • how will the data be archived.

From 2017 the Open Research Data Pilot of Horizon 2020 is extended to all research areas. Researchers who take part in the pilot are required to write a data management plan. A first version of the plan must be handed in six months after the start of the project.

The collected data must be stored in a data archive and made available for reuse by others.

Published by  RDM support

29 March 2018