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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.


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.

KNAW Policy on Open Access and digital preservation


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.

NWO Regulation on granting (May 2017)

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.

NWO-DANS Data Contracts

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.

NWO data management protocol


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. 

ZonMW Toegang tot data - vraag en antwoord [Dutch only]


SIA asks researchers to answer four questions about research data management during their application. These four questions are the same questions that NWO asks. The data management plan that researchers fill in after receiving their grant also comes from NWO.

SIA: research funding [Dutch only]

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.

Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020 (pdf)

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.

Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 (pdf)


If you need support when applying for research grants, you can contact Grant Support UvA-HvA. 

Grant Support UvA-HvA