Research Data Support pilot for Wellcome-funded researchers

The Wellcome Trust is partnering with Springer Nature on a pilot to help researchers make their research datasets more findable and accessible.

(12 July 2018) Any researcher with funding from the Wellcome Trust, a global biomedical research charity that supports thousands of researchers, can receive more support to practice open research as a part of a pilot project with Springer Nature’s Research Data Support service that launches today.

Our Research Data Support service aims to help solve problems researchers have in sharing their research data, the most common of which, researchers have told us, is being able to organise data in a presentable and useful way. As well as this gap in skills or capacity to curate data, covering the costs of research data management and data sharing is another often unsolved problem.

While research funder policies and provisions for data sharing continue to evolve, the questions of who can meet the costs of research data management, and how, are not always clear. This pilot with Wellcome Trust helps remove another barrier to data sharing as it enables any researcher who receives Wellcome funding, or who is affiliated to a Wellcome institute, to receive Springer Nature Research Data Support at no cost to the researcher. Research Data Support involves a professional Research Data Editor (curator) working with researchers to organise and share their data.

Read the full announcement here.