The Holistic Librarian – Thing 8

Hi, I’m Afzal, your Subject Librarian for Arabic, and Politics.

Task 8: A researcher asks you about her funder requirements on research data. Where you could find out this information?

What I knew about the topic beforehand:

First thing to occur would be to ask the funder.

What I know now:

An excellent overview of funder requirements is found here with a more detailed look in a document called Funder Requirements for Data Management and Sharing by Gareth Knight. He covers the following funders:

1. Action Medical Research (AMR)
2. Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC)
3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4. Breast Cancer Campaign (BCC)
5. Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
6. Department of Health, UK (DoH)
7. Department for International Development (DfID)
8. Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
9. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
10. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
11. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
12. Medical Research Council (MRC)
13. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
14. Wellcome Trust
15. WHO – World Health Organization – TDR
16. World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)
17. National Health Service Technology Assessment (NHS HTA)

How did you obtain this knowledge?

I used Google.

What else would you like to know about the topic?

Do any of the Funder’s policies represent a potential conflict with the University of Exeter’s policies; if so what are our strategies for resolving this?

How did you find this task? How would you improve it?

Straightforward. But why would a researcher – worthy of their name – ask me about their funder?!

Posted under Holistic Librarian, Training

This post was written by Afzal Hasan on January 24, 2013

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1 Comment so far

  1. Hannah Lloyd-Jones January 24, 2013 13:41

    Hi Afzal,

    Thanks for this.

    In answer to your question about why researchers may ask your about their funders’ requirements on research data management, it is possible that in the future liaison librarians may play a key role in supporting researchers in research data management. This is one of the main reasons why we are piloting this training with you!

    See, for example, this RLUK report on Re-Skilling for Research:

    Good question about potential conflicts between Exeter policy and funder policy, and one we are looking into.

    All the best,


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