National Guidelines

Research Data Policies of the Helmholtz Centers (German only)
All Helmholtz Centers operate section-specific research data policies.By resolution of the Helmholtz General Assembly, for each Helmholtz Center respectively, these policies are supplemented by an overarching, center-wide policy.

Gute (digitale) wissenschaftliche Praxis und Open Science (German only)
Support and Best Practice for the implementation of the DFG "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice"

Recommendations for Policies of the Helmholtz Centers on Research Data Management
Adopted at the 109th General Meeting of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) on September, 13-14, 2017, Potsdam

Making information resources more usable
On September 22, 2016, a paper on the handling of research data was approved by the General Assembly of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and AK Open Science.

Open Access Policy of the Helmholtz Association 2016
The members of the Helmholtz Association adopted a new Open Access guideline onApril 7, 2016.


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has published the code "Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" which went into effect on August 1, 2019.

Some recommendations:

Specification of Requirements Relating to the Handling of Research Data in Funding Proposals
Information for Researchers No. 25, 14 March 2022

DFG 2020: The Digital Turn in the Sciences and Humanities
The DFG published an impulse paper in October 2020 in which it depicted the views of science and the humanities on the significant impacts that the digital turn is exerting within research and on the areas of activity that result from this concerning the DFG's funding activities and its policy and social advisory function.

DFG's positions, guidelines and recommendations


DFG funding opportunities

Subject-specific Recommendations on the Handling of Research Data

DFG form 50.06 –01/23: Guidelines Collaborative Research Centres

DFG form 54.01-09/22: Proposal Preparation Instructions

DFG 2020: Verfahrensleitfaden zur guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis (German only)


German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RfII) advocates more up-to-date data protection in science.
The council has adopted recommendations on data protection and research data (German only). The background is the reform of data protection law in the European Union and the associated hope of actually being able to exploit the great potential of data-intensive science. The recommendations of the RfII also apply the EU Act to Adapt Data Protection Law to Regulation and to Emplement Directive.
In light of diverse discussions about the use, exploitation, and commercialization of digital data, RfII has examined different data services at the interfaces of science, business, civil society, and government. Based on an analysis and comparative evaluation of more than forty data services from different domains, it derives recommendations (German only) on how competition and plurality among data services can be ensured for the greatest possible benefit of science.
Further recommendations and reports of the RfII: online


As the most important science policy advisory body, the German Science Council advises the federal and state governments on the further development of the higher education system in terms of content and structure and on the funding of research institutions. One of its central tasks is to contribute to the further development of the science system. The Science Council fulfills this task mainly by preparing and publishing recommendations.

Statement of the German Science Council of October 2020 (German only)



The Leibniz Association, an association of German research institutions from various disciplines, emphasises the importance of responsible and transparent handling of research data as part of a sustainable and quality-conscious research process. The aim of the proposals and measures set out in the Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data within the Leibniz Association is to promote the development of structures and processes in the Leibniz Association.


19th General Meeting of the HRK, November 10, 2015 Recommendation "How university management can guide the development of research data management. Orientation paths, options for action and scenarios"
Due to the large number of actors involved in RDM, the HRK sees an urgent need for coordination between universities in order to establish a statewide and internationally compatible RDM infrastructure.