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  • Develop Principles & Guidelines for Data Management Plans and data stewardship.
  • Create optimal conditions for sharing research output by introducing a quality hallmark for the FAIR principles, data, and data management requirements: research output should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. 

Concrete actions

  • National authorities and the European Commission: state that research output produced with public funding should, in principle, be accessible for reuse. Promote the FAIR principles. Provide for a bottom-up and discipline-based approach and elaboration.
  • National authorities and Research Performing Organisations: put in place an institutional data policy which clarifies institutional roles and responsibilities for research data management and data stewardship.
  • Research funders: implement Data Management Plans (DMPs) as an integral part of the research process, make them a precondition for funding, standardise them and make the costs incurred eligible for funding.
  • Research funders: introduce positive incentives for FAIR data sharing by valuing data stewardship and efforts to make data available and by acknowledging and rewarding those who compile the data. Require data to be cited according to international standards. Encourage the sharing of expertise that enables disciplines/regions to learn from each other.
  • Research funders: set the default in data sharing to open access, but allow a choice of access regimes: from open and free downloads to application and registration-based access. Conditions can be dependent on the nature of the data, common practice within a specific academic discipline, legal (privacy) frameworks, and legitimate interests of the parties involved.
  • National authorities and research funders: educate data stewardship experts, recognise their profession and provide them with career opportunities. They will act as a bridge between IT and science. 

Expected positive effects


  • Increased quality of research; 
  • Better adherence to the principles of good scientific research and conduct to foster research integrity;
  • Increased impact of publicly funded research;
  • Secure sharing and reuse of research outputs, which will foster science and innovation.|