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Research Data Policy

Stockholm University supports the development of sustainable research infrastructures and services for research data management at the local, national and international levels and takes part in national and international activities working toward advancing new incentives and structures for Open Science. The university has adopted a Research data policy and related document Rules for research data management, for the purpose of offering its researchers support with managing and making accessible research results and research data according to good research practice. This policy takes into consideration current regulations, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and requirements from research funding agencies and others. At Stockholm University the general rule is that research which is financed entirely or partially by public funds needs to be openly accessible to the extent that this is possible. Research data should be managed in a way that makes them searchable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, in accordance with the FAIR Principles.

Funding Agency Requirements

Agencies which finance research projects are increasingly requiring that data produced in these projects be publicly available for the purposes of transparency in the research process. The Swedish Research Council is driving development towards open access together with other research funding bodies in Sweden and abroad.

National Funding Agency Requirements

Formas

Formas is a Swedish Research Council for sustainable development. Formas promotes the accessibility and use of scientific data, provided it does not contravene national legislation. In Formas open call 2018 all project proposals will need to fill out and upload a form on Research Data - Appendix K. If data collection is not part of the project or if it is not possible to make the data available through open sources this should be stated in the Research Data form.

Forte

Forte requires that all researchers they fund must publish their results with open access. No specific requirements regarding open access to research data where given on January 7, 2019.

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Researchers who receive grants from RJ must publish their peer-reviewed work in academic journals and conference publications as to make it freely accessible on the Internet. RJ also recommends that research data used, made available openly.

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

As from spring 2019, if you are awarded a grant from the Swedish Research Council you must have a plan for how the research data generated within your project shall be managed. You must not send in your data management plan to us when you apply for a grant, but your administrating organisation will be responsible for ensuring that a data management plan is in place when you start your project or corresponding, and that the plan is maintained.

The Wallenberg foundations (Wallenbergstiftelserna)

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation’s policy states that research funded by the Foundation must be published with open access, that is, published articles must be archived in openly searchable databases. No specific requirements regarding open access to research data where given December 2018.

Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation (In Swedish)

The Foundation’s policy states that research funded by the Foundation must be published with open access. Research results should be free to read and download from the internet. No specific requirements regarding open access to research data where given December 2018.

Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (In Swedish)

The Foundation’s policy states that research funded by the Foundation must be published with open access. Research results should be free to read and download from the internet. No specific requirements regarding open access to research data where given December 2018.

Research funding in Europe

Horizon 2020 – EU Research and Innovation programme (2014-2020).

Legal Aspects of Research Data

There are numerous legal aspects to take into consideration concerning research data. Stockholm University has supplied a set of guidance documents (in Swedish) relating to specific activities involving the handling of personal details as defined by the GDPR, including consent for filming, cloud storage and social media.

Further general information on the GDPR, how personal details are handled at SU and sample forms can be found under the university’s legal support website. Questions about SU activities related to the GDPR may be sent to gdpr@su.se.

For legal support and advice contact jurist@su.se.

For questions about research ethics contact jonas.akerman@su.se.