The policy specifies that data must be retained for three years. When should I start thinking about this, and where do I go for help?

Some research sponsors require formal data management plans when applying for a grant.

Before beginning any research, researchers should plan how data will be recorded to ensure completeness and accuracy, where data will be stored, how the data will be managed and who will have access, and how to ensure that data are preserved for future reference. Graduate students and postdocs should have a formal discussion with their advisor or advisory committee to ensure that together they have a proper plan.

The Research Data Consultation Group is a source of information about data management planning and resources.

Research Data Policy subcategories: 
Data Retention