The FAIR Data Fund offers researchers a budget (up to €3.500) to cover the costs of making their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles).
Researchers and research projects from TU Delft, TU/Eindhoven and the University of Twente are eligible to apply for the fund. The call for applications opens on Monday 1st March and ends on Wednesday 31st March 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by Friday 30th April.
For more information about the FAIR Data Fund, please contact FAIRdatafund(at)4tu.nl.
4TU.ResearchData believes in the added value and benefit of making research data FAIR. It also recognises that making data FAIR requires extra work of refinement. The FAIR data fund is for exceptional situations where there are no other resources available to make data FAIR. This fund is not intended to replace data management costs that should be budgeted for in grant proposals.
The efforts that can be funded include:
- Identifying and implementing appropriate metadata standards to make data FAIR
- Generating (meta)data documentation or adding relevant documentation to datasets
- Anonymisation or aggregation of confidential data to make them publishable
- Shifting from a proprietary to open data format to make data interoperable
- Creating data visualisations (or other materials) to make datasets accessible and reusable
- Promotion of a FAIR dataset to increase its impact and reuse (e.g. delivering a presentation about a FAIR dataset and 4TU.ResearchData at a conference).
Refining datasets to make them FAIR and available to others may:
- Increase the quality and value of the data.
- Make them reusable over an extended period of time.
- Increase the visibility and the impact of the research.
Please read the eligibility criteria below before submitting your application.
- Only researchers from TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, and/or the University of Twente can apply for the FAIR Data Fund.
- The research dataset to be FAIRified must have been collected/created in affiliation with TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, and/or the University of Twente.
- Applicants should present a detailed description of activities needed to make the dataset FAIR including a budget estimation.
- If this includes the hiring of assistants, the applicant must provide details of the required hours per task and the hourly cost.
- Applicants should indicate an estimated time deadline by which they expect the process of making their data FAIR will be complete for follow-up by 4TU.ResearchData.
- The dataset(s) must be deposited in 4TU.ResearchData.
- Applicants should agree to have an interview with a staff member at 4TU.ResearchData to have their application and research data showcased on the 4TU.ResearchData website, online community platform and social media channels.
- Applicants should provide 1-2 sentences describing their application which will be published on the 4TU.ResearchData website, online community platform and social media channels.
- To promote diversity, successful applicants (or their research groups) are not eligible to re-apply for three years since the time of their funded application.
- Other resources (financial, or in-kind) are not otherwise available to make the data FAIR.
- The compensation for the costs is up to €3.500 per application.
- The fund covers expenses for time costs (i.e. hiring a student assistance, data expert, translator), necessary services (i.e. software/equipment use) and/or promotional activities. However, the applicant commits to use all resources and technical devices already existing, and only requests funds for important new acquisitions.
- The proposed FAIR data fund budget cannot be modified after the funding is granted without a prior consultation and a written approval from 4TU.ResearchData.
- 4TU.ResearchData offers advice during the process of making data FAIR.
- 4TU.ResearchData will not provide support in the budgeting process.
- 4TU.ResearchData reserve the right to claim the subsidy back should the beneficiary not meet the requirements or satisfy the conditions as stated above.
- Applicants must complete the following online form to apply for the FAIR Data Fund.
Full details of the information requested in the online form are provided in this pdf document.
- Applicants must download and complete this budget template. Completed budget templates should be uploaded to Section 4 (‘Budget Required’) of the online application form.
Create and save your own copy of the budget template by clicking the 'Download Budget Template' at the top right of this page. In the Google sheet, navigate to the 'File' tab, select 'Download' and save the file in 'Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)' format. Complete the budget estimation for your project, save and upload your budget estimation in Section 4 of the online application form.
The call for applications opens on Monday 1st March and ends on Wednesday 31st March 2021.
- After the submission deadline, applications will be anonymised to remove personal details (applicant name, position, institution, faculty, department and research discipline)
- Applications are scored by three independent reviewers based on the following criteria:
- FAIR data refinement needed (Section 2)
- Summarise what you plan to achieve by refining and publishing the dataset? (Section 3)
- Explain how refining and publishing the dataset will make it 'Findable' (Section 3)
- Explain how refining and publishing the dataset will make it 'Accessible' (Section 3)
- Explain how refining and publishing the dataset will make it 'Interoperable' (Section 3)
- Explain how refining and publishing the dataset will make it 'Reusable' (Section 3)
- Budget estimation (Section 4)
- Applications will be ranked based on their total score. If two or more applications receive the same score and only one can be accepted before the total budget for the call (€20.000) is maximised, reviewers will re-evaluate these application(s) and accept the application(s) from the under-represented research institution(s) within the 4TU.ResearchData repository.
- If an applicant submits more than one application, the application with the highest score will be accepted unless the total budget for the call has not been reached.
- Unless further information about the dataset and/or the refinement process is needed, applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by Friday 30th April.