Funder requirements

More and more funders require data management planning and data sharing. Find out what your funder expects.

Please note that the funder requirements below are applicable to projects starting now. They are not applicable to projects that have already started.


NWO/STW started a pilot Data Management on 1 January 2015. Researchers are expected to answer four questions about data management in their research proposals (see data management section). After a proposal has been awarded funding, the researcher must develop these questions into a data management plan. Once the NWO approves the plan, the researcher can start the project.

The pilot applies to the following eight funding tracks:

  • Vici
  • Research Talent (Social Sciences)
  • Innovative Public Private Partnership in ICT (Physical Sciences)
  • FOM projectruimte (Physics)
  • Fund New Chemical Innovations (Chemical Sciences)
  • HTM call (Hightech Materials)(Technology Foundation STW)
  • Urbanising Deltas of the World of Security and the Rule of Law (WOTRO)
  • Open Programme (Earth and Life Sciences)

Some NWO/STW-programmes have their own data management requirements, for example, the biodiversity programme.

For questions on NWO's data management requirements you can call or email an NWO representative or send an email to

For more information on the pilot, follow the links below:

Horizon 2020 (European Commission)

All project proposals submitted to "Research and Innovation actions" and to "Innovation actions" must include a section on research data management. Where relevant, applicants must also provide a short, general outline of their policy for data management in which they answer the following questions: 

  • What types of data will the project generate/collect?
  • What standards will be used?
  • How will this data be exploited and/or shared/made accessible for verification and reuse?
  • If data cannot be made available, explain why
  • How will this data be curated and preserved?

Researchers who take part in the Open Research Data Pilot of Horizon 2020 are required to write a detailed data management plan. The plan should be submitted within 6 months after the project starts. This plan is not part of the proposal evaluation process.

The following H2020 areas are part of this pilot:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures, part e-Infrastructures
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies
  • Societal Challenge: 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' - part Smart cities and communities
  • Societal Challenge: 'Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials' - except raw materials
  • Societal Challenge: 'Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies'
  • Science with and for Society

Projects in other areas can voluntarily participate.

For more information on Data Management in Horizon 2020 follow the links below:


If you request funding from ZonMw you must submit a data paragraph (an outline of a data management plan). As soon as you receive funding you must develop the data management plan in detail.

See Achtergrondinformatie bij dataparagraaf en datamanagementplan (information in Dutch only)

Other funders