Horizon 2020

Data Management Paragraph

Your application should address the following issues:

  • What standards will be applied?
  • How will data be exploited and/or shared/made accessible for verification and reuse? If data cannot be made available, why?
  • How will data be curated and preserved?

Your policy should also:

  • reflect the current state of consortium agreements on data management
  • be consistent with exploitation and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) requirements

You should also ensure resource and budgetary planning for data management and include a deliverable for an initial DMP at month 6 at the latest into your proposal.

Data Management Plan

A new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of data management plans(DMPs) that set out in detail what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and reuse, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a data management plan is required for all projects.
An initial DMP should be completed within six months of the starting the project. It should at least address the following aspects:

  • Data set reference and name
  • Data set description
  • Standards and metadata
  • Data sharing
  • Archiving and preservation (including storage and backup
  • Data Summary
  • FAIR data
  • Making data findable, including provisions for metadata
  • Making data openly accessible
  • Making data interoperable
  • Increase data re-use (through clarifying licences)
  • Allocation of resources
  • Data security
  • Ethical Aspects
  • Other

The Horizon 2020 DMP template can be found in the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020 (page 7-12). The Horizon 2020 template is also included in the DMP Online tool.


Costs relating to the implementation of the pilot will be reimbursed and specific technical and professional support services will be provided (page 5).

Archiving data

Data must be safely stored in certified repositories for long-term preservation and curation. They must be stored together with the minimum software, metadata and documentation to make them useful. The stored data must be useful to the wider public and usable by non-specialists (page 6, bullet point 4). Useful listings of research data repositories include the Registry of Research Data Repositories (www.re3data.org).

It is expected that the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE) will become an entry point for linking publications to underlying research data.

Sharing & accessing data

Participating projects must take measures to enable third parties to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate the research data (free of charge for any user).

One straightforward and effective way of taking such measures is to attach a Creative Commons Licence (CC-BY or CC0 tool) to the data that is being deposited.

Ethical issues

When applying for funding, it is important to explicitly address issues that arise from the ethics self-assessment in a (preliminary) DMP, such as secure storage of and access to sensitive or critical data, the anonymisation of personal data and acquiring informed consent.

More information

Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020
Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020
Participant Portal
Open Science
Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE)
Open data infographic