e no additional costs involved for archiving data, other than the time it takes for a researcher(s) to prepare data and documentation for deposit.
This time should be costed into the application. On average, it is recommended that two to three weeks are costed into an a typical two-year research grant application, to prepare and collate materials for deposit. However, owing to the disparate nature of research and data creation, we cannot provide advice on exact costs likely to be incurred in data preparation.
There are two approaches to costing research data management and sharing it in advance of a research project starting. Either can be used in a data management plan, or can be used to inform a funding application.
All data-related activities and resources for the entire data lifecycle – from data creation, through processing, analyses and storage, to sharing and long-term preservation – can be priced to calculate the total cost of all data generation, data sharing, data access and preservation activities.
Only the resources that would be needed to preserve and make research data shareable beyond the primary research team are identified. These resources may include: people, equipment, infrastructure and tools to manage, document, organise, store and provide access to data.
When using the data management costing tool or assessing the costs for research data management, you may find the following resources helpful: