The ‘Data Refinement Fund’ offers researchers a budget (up to € 5.000) to cover the costs of making their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR principles).
Researchers and research projects from TU Delft, TU/Eindhoven and University of Twente are eligible for the Data Refinement Fund.
Making research data FAIR might need some extra work of refinement, for example, adding or standardizing metadata to make data findable, adding relevant documentation to ensure re-usability or shifting from a proprietary to an open data format to make data interoperable. Other type of refinement covered by the fund, and that might increase the re-usability of a data set, can include anonymization, recovery of data, translation and annotation, for example.
The publication of the refined data set in the 4TU.ResearchData archive is one of the key requirements of this fund. This allows maximizing the access, re-usability and preservation of the resulting high-quality data set.
Refining data sets to make them FAIR and available to others have several benefits:
Refinement of data sets will increase the quality and value of the data making them re-usable over an extended period of time.
Refinement of data sets to make them FAIR can result in the preparation of a data paper to publish in a Data Journal, increasing citations.
Making data FAIR and available to others increases the visibility and the impact of the research work.
The applicant must have a demonstrable relationship with TU Delft, TU/Eindhoven and University of Twente.
The research data set to be refined must have been collected/created in affiliation with TU Delft, TU/Eindhoven and University of Twente.
The applicant should present a detailed description of the refinement needed for the dataset with a budget estimation.
After refinement the data set has to be deposited in the 4TU.ResearchData archive.
The recipient of the funding agrees to give an interview to a member of staff of 4TU.ResearchData to have their application and research data showcased on the website.
The fund will be distributed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis (total budget for 2019 is 50.000.- EUR).
The compensation for the costs is up to € 5.000 per data set.
The fund covers expenses for: time costs (e.g. student assistant, data expert, translator, etc.) and/or necessary technical devices for the refinement. However, the applicant commits to use all resources and technical devices already existing, and only requests funds for important new acquisitions.
The proposed data refinement budget cannot be modified after the funding is granted.
4TU.ResearchData offers advice during the process of data refinement and data publication.
The fund cannot be used to pay for archiving costs.
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 stated above.
Researchers are restricted to one application per year.
Researchers should submit the following online form. Besides the information related to the applicant, this form requests the following information:
A short description of the data files that form the data set
A short statement about the relevance/impact of the data set to be refined
A detailed budget description. Preferably as a list of items where the cost of each item is indicated (compensation for the costs is up to € 5.000 per data set)
After submission of the online form, the 4TU.ResearchData team will evaluate the application and the applicant will be informed about the funding decision within 5 working days. Unless further information about the data set and/or the refinement process is needed. In that case, 4TU.ResearchData will contact the applicant via email.