Research Data Management (RDM) is considered a legitimate cost by most funders. As such, RDM should be accounted for in your budget. By identifying RDM costs before you begin the project, you will be able to request adequate funds to support good data management and enable data sharing. This guide will help you determine possible expenses to expect throughout the research project. Costs will depend on various factors including the volume of data you are working with, the security level needed for potentially sensitive data, the level of documentation and the length of preservation required (Openaire, RDM Costs).
Consult this list of RDM activities that may involve a cost in your research project. For a detailed description and cost estimate for each, take a look at our RDM Costing Tool.