The Research Council’s Policy on Open Access to Research Data aims to ensure that research data are accessible to relevant users, on equal terms, and at the lowest possible cost. Projects that receive funding from the Research Council are to assess whether the need to draw up a data management plan.
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The guidelines in the policy apply to all data generated by projects funded by the Research Council – with a few exceptions.
The principles and guidelines in the Research Council’s policy conform to the National Strategy on access to and sharing of research data.
Requirements relating to data storage
As a general rule, R&D-performing institutions themselves are responsible for determining which archiving solution to use. Under certain circumstances, the Research Council is entitled to stipulate storage of data and/or metadata in specific national or international archives.
In connection with certain relevant projects in the fields of social science, humanities, medicine and health, and environmental and development research, the funding recipient is responsible for archiving data at the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD).
All projects awarded funding must assess the need for a data management plan. The R&D-performing institution must assess the need to develop a data management plan in relation to all projects awarded Research Council funding.
The Norwegian Research Council signed cOAlition S’ Plan S in 2018, which states that: “With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”