International Guidelines

The European Research Council (ERC) is an institution established by the European Commission to encourage cutting-edge frontier research.
It supports ground-breaking project ideas from excellent scientists in all fields of research. Scientific excellence, both with regards to the research project idea and the researchers themselves, is the sole evaluation criterion for funding. The ERC provides funding in accordance with funding lines corresponding to certain career stages (Reference:

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a funding period from 2021 - 2027. More Information about Horizon Europe.

The foundation for DORA was laid on the edges of the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology 2012. In December 2019, the Declaration on Research Assessment was signed by KIT. The motivation for the declaration was the insight that there is a pressing need to "to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties” (Source: DORA).

The aim is to consider not only publications for the purposes of research assessment but also other research outputs (e.g. data sets and software). The importance of the "Journal Impact Factor" as the essential parameter for the scientific output of researchers and institutions is to be replaced, as it is on its own not a suitable tool for research assessment. It should be pointed out that the scientific content of an paper is more important than publication metrics or the journal in which it was published.


Science Europe publishes a Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management with a new section on evaluating data management plans.

Science Europe publishes a Practical Guide to Sustainable Research Data, which uses three corresponding matrices to try to give funding organisations, research institutions and data infrastructures a common understanding of the required approaches.


The DCC provides an overview of guidelines from various research funding agencies.
Several Guidelines and Checklists of different RDM topics are provided by the Digital Curation Centre.

NSF has compiled information for applicants from various disciplines.