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Research Data Management (RDM): External Funder Requirements

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External Funder Requirements

CDU aims to increase its collaboration with a wide variety of partners. Staff are encouraged to seek external research funding from various sources and participate in consultancies that are strategically important for the university.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) supports the CDU research community in identifying grant and tender opportunities in the Northern Territory, Australia and worldwide.

For more information and guidance, contact Grant Applications and Awards team at

See the policies of the two major funding bodies.

NHMRC Funding Agreement
ARC Research Data Management Requirement



National Health and Medical Research Council

The NHMRC requires researchers to document data management practices and carefully consider issues such as ownership, ethics, storage, data sharing and disposal.

In its Principles for Accessing and Using Publicly Funded Data for Health Research, NHMRC:

•    acknowledges the importance of making data publicly accessible
•    encourages data sharing and open access to data and other research outputs (metadata, analysis code, study protocols, study materials and other collected data) arising from NHMRC-supported research

Management of Data and Information in Research: A guide supporting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research covers the responsible conduct of research and includes within its scope the appropriate generation, collection, access, use, analysis, disclosure, storage, retention, disposal, sharing and re-use of data and information.


Australian Research Council

In their Research Data Management Strategy and Requirement, the ARC outlined a commitment to maximising the benefits of ARC-funded research by ensuring greater access to research data. 

Since February 2014, the ARC has required researchers to outline how they plan to manage research data arising from ARC-funded research. From 2020, this requirement forms part of the agreement for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program (Discovery and Linkage Grants).


Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

The OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (2007) also provide guidance on managing data and primary materials. As an OECD member, the ARC notes that Australia is expected to implement these principles and guidelines.

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