Since October 2017, it has been mandatory to include a Data Management Plan (DMP) with each request. The SNSF provides a DMP in the account of each researcher on MyFNS.
Therefore, the SNSF asks all researchers it funds to :
- archive the research data they have worked on and produced during their work
- share this data with other researchers, unless they are bound by legal, ethical, copyright, confidentiality or other clauses
- deposit their data and metadata in existing public archives (repositories), in formats that are accessible and reusable without restriction by everyone, and that comply with FAIR principles.
The SNSF considers the sharing of research data as a fundamental contribution to the impact, transparency and reproducibility of scientific research. Grant recipients must therefore ensure that the data generated by their project are publicly accessible in non-commercial data repositories and comply with FAIR principles. These are at least the data necessary to reproduce the published results. These data must be made available as quickly as possible, but at the latest at the time of the corresponding scientific publication.
Some data cannot be shared because the applicants are bound by legal, ethical, confidentiality or copyright clauses. In any case, one of these specific constraints that does not allow data sharing must be justified in the DMP.
Sections of the DMP - SNSF
1 Data collection and documentation
1.1 What data will you collect, observe, generate or reuse ?
1.2 How will data be collected, observed or generated ?
1.3 What documentation and metadata will you provide with the data ?
2 Ethical, legal and safety issues
2.1 How will ethical issues be addressed and treated ?
2.2 How will data access and security be managed ?
2.3 How will you deal with copyright and intellectual property rights ?
3 Data storage and preservation
3.1 How will your data be stored and backed up during the search ?
3.2 What is your data preservation plan ?
4 Data sharing and reuse
4.1 How and where will the data be shared ?
4.2 Are there any limitations necessary to protect sensitive data ?
4.3 I will choose digital repositories that comply with FAIR data principles.
4.4 I will choose digital repositories managed by a non-profit organization.
See the SNSF FAQ on the DMP and DMP FNS - example and content
Guide for the Social Sciences
To help you in writing your DMP-FNS, FORS, the Swiss Competence Centre for Social Sciences, has developed a guide entitled : How to draft a DMP from the perspective of the social sciences, using the SNSF template - june 2019.