Data Policies and FAQs

Depending on the research you conduct and how it is funded, different research data policies may apply. Below are the most commonly referred policies for research conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Data Policies for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Data in Policies for the Federal Government

  • OMB Circular A-110 “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations”
  • Both private funders (like the Gates Foundation) and public funders (like NSF, NIH, and NEH) have their own data policies. A list is available at SPARC’s Research Funder Data Sharing Policies.


Q: Who owns research data created at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
A: Unless stated differently during a legally-binding negotiation, per Article III of the General Rules (see link above), the University of Illinois retains ownership of “original data.”

Q: Do I have to share research data?
A:  Data sharing is strongly encouraged by many funding agencies and journals. However, most stop short of saying that it is an explicit requirement because some data (such as human subject data or proprietary data) many not be readily shared.