Research data are not necessarily digital. There may be good reasons to decide to digitise analogue research material.
The UK Data Service provides tips and advice on digitising analogue research data.
Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), a KNAW and NWO institute, has a limited budget to subsidise smaller data projects.
In the Subsidiewijzer (Grants guide) of the Kenniscentrum Digitaal Erfgoed DEN (Digital Heritage Netherlands Foundation) you will find a survey of other options to find funding for digitisation projects.
Our colleagues in the Department of Records and Information Services (DIV) can advise you on how to store paper data securely. If you prefer, you can hand over the management of these data to DIV.