The general expectation is that publicly funded research data is a public good, and should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible.
Many research funding agencies worldwide require their grant recipients to share their research data. Examples include
- National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health in US (see US list by University of Minnesota Libraries);
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Wellcome Trust in UK (see UK list by Digital Curation Centre);
- National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council in Australia (see Australian list by Australian National Data Service).
In Singapore, the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) of the Ministry of Health in Singapore has indicated a possible upcoming requirement for recipients of new grant projects of S$250,000 and above to share their research data no later than 12 months after publication of paper that has used the dataset.
NTU researchers are required to share their research data where possible according to the NTU Research Data Policy.