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Overview

The RDA Funders Forum, initiated around the launch of the RDA in 2013, is a group of funding organisations / representatives with an interest in research data and related data policies. Participation in the Funders Forum is free and not limited to current funders of the RDA.  It is open to all funding agencies and organisations, both public and private, with an interest to attend and actively contribute

Get involved

If you are interested in joining the RDA Funders Forum Group please contact Bridget Walker, RDA Secretariat Funders Forum liaison (bridget.walker[at]rda-foundation.org) to receive the updates, meeting links, event invitations, newsletters, etc.

RDA Funders Forum Co-chairs

The Funders Forum is chaired and co-ordinated by representatives from funding agencies directly.

Current

2017- to date: Matthew Lucas Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2023 – to date: Dina N. Paltoo, Ph.D., M.P.H Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation, Immediate Office of the Director (IOD), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Previous

2013 – 2023: Joshua M. Greenberg, Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program

Meetings

The Funders Forum typically meets the day before the start of RDA plenary meetings, taking place in different regions around the world. Beginning in 2022, two meeting formats have been proposed; twice yearly in-person and virtual (hybrid) in conjunction with RDA plenary meetings (in the plenary meeting time zone) and 2-3 yearly shorter virtual meetings in different time zones.  

The RDA Secretary General provides an update to the funders on the strategy and activities of the RDA and the funders focus on different topics and information exchanges, the focus of which is determined by the funders themselves and the co-chairs. 

For full details of the Funders Forum please read the RDA Funders Forum Overview

Funders RDA Interest Group

There are currently few forums for research funders engaged in the open research and data management space to discuss their unique challenges, perspectives and opportunities. Creating a forum for research funders to initiate or further data-related discussions could result in lasting benefits for the research community (increased coordination, standardisation and support) and the funders themselves in terms of avoiding duplication of efforts and building on existing expertise and resources. For this reason, the Funders Forum created an RDA Interest Group, to substantiate their engagement with the RDA and be fully aligned with the RDA principles of openness, and harmonisation and being community-driven. It is a significant value-added contribution to the RDA community as a vehicle for open discussion of policy-driven topics.

See Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices IG for further information.