Open (FAIR) data

Besides publications also research data that emerges from NWO-funded research should be as accessible and reusable as possible. The idea behind open science is 'Open as possible, closed if necessary.' Due consideration is given to aspects such as privacy, public security, ethical limitations, property rights and commercial interests.

To make data open for the use by other researchers research should become findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).

NWO has decided to implement the data management policy in all NWO funding instruments with effect from 1 October 2016. In concrete terms this means that all calls for proposals will include a data management section. After a proposal has been awarded funding, the researcher should elaborate the section into a data management plan.

Data management section

The most important aim of the data management section in the proposal is to raise awareness among researchers. The researcher will be asked before his or her research starts to think about how the data collected must be ordered and categorised such that it can be made available for reuse. This often means that measures will need to be taken when the data are produced and analysed to make its later storage and dissemination possible.

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Data management plan

Once an application has been awarded, the project leader is required to work out the data management section in a data management plan (DMP). This will help to think at an early stage of the project about the which data will be collected, how it is safely stored during the research and how the data will be made Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) after the project.

The project leader must submit the DMP to NWO no later than 4 months after the project has been awarded. NWO will approve the plan as soon as possible. The project will start as soon as NWO has approved the DMP. Preferably, the DMP is a living document and will be updated during the project. For this DMP, NWO uses a template that is based on the guidelines used under the European program Horizon 2020.

Form data management plan

> Please go to DMP-online to fill in the data management form


For questions about NWO's data management policy, about the completion of a data management section in the proposal, or about the data management plan (after awarding), please contact Hans de Jonge via email or telephone +31 (0)70 3494388. You can also contact the secretary of the funding instrument concerned.

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Hans de Jonge (Policy officer Open science and Quality) Hans de Jonge (Policy officer Open science and Quality) +31 (0)70 3494388