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For Research Funders

Increasingly, research funders are faced with pressures for improved return on investment, transparency, and accountability, while maximizing efficiency and minimizing the administrative burden on researchers and institutions. Evolving policies on research data management (RDM) must be supported by tools and infrastructures that enable compliance to those policies. CANARIE’s Research Data Management Program funds the development of software components and tools to enable Canadian researchers to adopt best practices and comply with funding policy across the RDM workflow.


What is Research Data Management (RDM)?

RDM refers to the creation, storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation.

Data management practices cover the entire lifecycle of the data, from planning the investigation to conducting it, and from backing up data as it is created and used, to long term preservation of data deliverables after the research investigation has concluded.

Specific activities and issues that fall within the category of data management include:

  • file naming conventions;
  • data quality control and quality assurance;
  • data access;
  • data documentation (including levels of uncertainty);
  • metadata creation and controlled vocabularies;
  • data storage;
  • data archiving and preservation;
  • data sharing and reuse;
  • data integrity;
  • data security;
  • data privacy;
  • data rights; and
  • notebook protocols (lab or field)*

How does effective RDM maximize funders’ investments in research?

An effective and sustainable RDM ecosystem ensures that funders’ investments have long-term impact, enabling all researchers to benefit from publicly funded research. The Research Data Management Program funds the development of software components and tools that align with national and international best practices and enables researchers to comply with evolving policy frameworks mandating or encouraging the preservation and reuse of research data.

How does CANARIE’s RDM Program support research funders?

In a call for proposals that was launched in May 2018, CANARIE is funding the development of RDM software components and tools to encourage the broad adoption of RDM best practices among researchers. To help shape the priorities for this funding call, a community consultation was announced in January 2018. CANARIE is grateful for the RDM stakeholder community’s broad engagement in this consultation.  Their feedback ensured the funding call’s focus on community-identified priorities.

Learn more about the funding call for proposals here.