Responsibility for costs

EPSRC recognises that systems and infrastructure appropriate to the storage and management of access to research data have associated costs. EPSRC believes that where research has been publicly-funded it is reasonable and appropriate to use public funds to also fund the associated data management costs. EPSRC therefore expects research organisations to make appropriate provision from within public research funding received, making use of both direct and indirect funding streams as appropriate.

It may be that in the interests of efficiency a research organisation wishes to appoint a third party to provide appropriate services, or two or more research organisations may wish to collaborate and develop a shared service: such approaches would be entirely acceptable within this framework.