Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

In March 2021, the Government of Canada released the long-awaited new Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.

The policy aims to support Canadian research excellence by promoting sound data management and data stewardship and was developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in consultation with stakeholders.

The agencies plan to implement the policy incrementally:

  • Institutional strategies: By March 1, 2023, institutions subject to this requirement must post their RDM strategies and notify the agencies when they have done so.
  • Data management plans: By Spring 2022, the agencies will identify an initial set of funding opportunities that will be subject to the data management plan requirement.
  • Data deposit: After reviewing the institutional RDM strategies, and in line with the readiness of the Canadian research community, the agencies will phase in the deposit requirement.
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