The ANR introduces a Data Management Plan for projects funded in 2019 onwards

In line with its Open Science policy, the French National Research Agency (ANR) requires all projects funded in 2019 onwards to produce a Data Management Plan (DMP) setting out how research data will be produced, reused, stored, protected, disseminated and, where applicable, retained for a significant period of time. The aim is to improve forward planning and rigorous monitoring throughout the research process in anticipation of the sharing, reuse and perpetuation of data in accordance with the principle: “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”. The ANR follows the recommendations of the Committee for Open Science (CoSO), which it has consulted on this matter, and uses the Science Europe DMP template. The Agency has worked closely with the French Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (INIST) to ensure that its DMP template is integrated into the OPIDoR DMP portal, so that plans can be completed online. See below for four key questions about this process, and the corresponding answers.

Who is required to produce a Data Management Plan (DMP)? 

Coordinators and partners of projects funded in 2019 onwards will need to produce a Data Management Plan (DMP) in accordance with the procedures set out in the grant allocation document and the ANR financial regulation.

When does the DMP need to be produced?

The ANR must receive the DMP within six months of the start of the scientific research work.

What template should the DMP follow?

In the interest of consistency, the ANR follows the recommendations of the CoSO’s Research Data College, which it has consulted on this matter, and has adopted the Science Europe DMP template. The ANR advises funded project coordinators and partners to use this template, and to complete it online in the INIST OPIDoR DMP portal, unless the institution to which they are affiliated uses a different template.

The template has been drawn up by experts from Science Europe member organisations, in consultation with the wider research community. It is based on the Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management, which sets out the minimum requirements for DMPs, the data warehouse selection criteria, and implementation guidance.

The ANR’s aim is to support and encourage a gradual shift in data management practices within scientific communities. The template is also intended for all of the Agency’s beneficiaries, in accordance with their discipline-specific requirements. As part of these efforts, the ANR coordinates a network for national funding agencies to share and gradually adopt best practice.

What happens next?

Research data management should be a consideration at every stage of the project. Coordinators and partners will need to update their DMP and submit a second version mid-way through the project (for projects exceeding 30 months), and a final version upon completion of the project. These revised versions may include additional information on aspects such as data collection, access or sharing, which may evolve as the work progresses. Again, the aim is to ensure that data are properly managed and made open wherever possible.

Useful documents and links:

ANR Data Management Plan template

Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (Science Europe)

OPIDoR portal

OPIDoR Tour website


Committee for Open Science recommendations to the ANR

The ANR consulted the CoSO to benefit from the committee’s expertise in setting up DMPs. The Research Data College’s “DMP” working group, which is made up of scientists and research support staff, produced a set of 15 recommendations for the ANR spanning five areas (general aspects, implementation, support, monitoring and evaluation), taking account of differing degrees of maturity among scientific communities.

See the CoSO recommendations to the ANR

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