Practicalities for the USI community

SNSF Data Management Plan

Since October 2017, researchers must include a Data Management Plan (DMP) in their SNSF funding application. This is to be considered a draft version, while the final one has to be provided by the end of the project and will be published on the SNSF P3 Database.

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  • SNSF Policy on Open Research Data

    The SNSF values research data sharing as a fundamental contribution to the impact, transparency and reproducibility of scientific research. The SNSF believes research data should be shared as openly as possible and data management should follow the FAIR principles and practices.

    Therefore, all SNSF funded researchers are expected to:

    • carefully store and curate the research data they have produced during the course of their research work;
    • share these data with other researchers, unless they are bound by legal, ethical, copyright, confidentiality or other clauses;
    • deposit their data and metadata onto existing, public repositories in formats that anyone can find, access and reuse without restriction.
  • Instructions for Data Management Plans

    The Data Management Plan is an integral part of SNSF applications. Applicants must enter a DMP that is understandable, suits their project and meets the standards set by their research community. At this stage, the DMP is considered a draft and excluded from the evaluation process. The definitive DMP must be provided by the end of the project at the latest.

    Research data is collected, observed or generated factual material that is commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to document and validate research findings.

    A template with examples for the SNSF Data Management Plan can be freely downloaded from the Swiss DLCM website:




Updated on: 08 March 2022