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Research Data Management Plans

Essential for all research projects

Creating a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) helps meet funder requirements and University policy, and gets you to actively think about research data management and how it applies to your project. An RDMP will prompt you to consider what research data you will produce, how much data you will generate, where your data should be stored, whether there will be any ethical or privacy issues with your data, how long you will have to keep your data, and what you will do with your data after the project. Completing an RDMP can help to avoid later questions about ownership and authorship, and save you time when it comes to publishing your data.

Throughout your project, the Lead Chief Investigator (LCI) should access and edit the RDMP using the online tool to make sure all information in the RDMP is kept up to date and is correct. If the RDMP has associated access to the RDS or HPC, the LCI can update the contributors list on the RDMP to grant and revoke individual researchers’ access to the RDS and HPC.

Use the online RDMP tool to submit a research data management plan.

Contact the Research Data team for enquiries or assistance in completing an RDMP.

Before you start

The RDMP Starter Pack and RDMP checklist
Lead Chief Investigators
  • Lead Chief Investigators (LCI) must have a HR appointment of ‘Academic staff’ and need to have an active Academic Profile on the University website to be verified in the RDMP. Academic Profiles include information about individual academics such as grants, publications and other achievements. If you are eligible for an Academic Profile but don’t yet have one, please contact your faculty’s Academic Profile contact.

    Honours, Masters and PhD students should list their supervisor as the Lead Chief Investigator on their RDMP.

HDR Students
  • If you are an Honours, Masters or PhD student, list your supervisor as your Lead Chief Investigator on the RDMP. Your supervisor will then have to review and approve the RDMP before it’s sent to the Research Data team for final approval.

External collaborators
  • If external collaborators need to be listed on the RDMP and/or access the RDS or HPC they will need to have a valid UniKey. To request the creation of a UniKey, please go to ICT self service and navigate to the form: ICT Services › UniKey and account management › UniKey - New Account.

    All external collaborators must be notified when they are added to an RDMP.

Approval process
  • Once you submit an RDMP, it will go to your LCI for approval (this step is skipped if it is the LCI submitting the plan). After the LCI has approved the plan, it will go to the Research Data team for approval, then you should receive an email notifying you that the RDMP has been approved. You will also receive a notification if your RDMP is rejected by your LCI or the Research Data team.

    If you apply for access to the RDS and/or HPC, you will receive emails from ICT about this within 1 hour (RDS) or 2 business days (HPC).

Having trouble?
  • If you have trouble submitting your RDMP we would first suggest saving your work then trying a different browser. If you are having problems submitting as the Lead Chief Investigator you can try removing your name from the contributors list and then adding your name back in.

    Check the Library’s Ask Us Now database for FAQs and guidance in submitting or updating your RDMP, or contact the Research Data team.