FAIR Data Stewardship Training Project

Aims and goals

Creating a Fellowship of FAIR Data Steward Ambassadors to increase capacity in Research Data Management across the UK

In 2021, ELIXIR-UK was granted a UKRI award for the ELIXIR-UK Data Stewardship Fellowship Programme. The  University of Bradford leads the project with a delivery team at Cardiff University, the Earlham Institute, the University of Manchester, and the University of Oxford.

The project aims to embed Research Data Management (RDM) know-how into UK universities and institutes by producing and delivering training in FAIR Data Stewardship using ELIXIR-UK knowledge and resources, such as the RDMkit and the FAIR Cookbook.

It focuses on building capacity and professionalising Data Stewardship while leveraging the local expertise within diverse UK institutions – creating a data management culture change from within the institutions.



Create short informative videos (3-5 minutes) – RDMbites – to describe basic and specialised aspects of RDM.


Build a community of Data Stewards with practical experience in contemporary life science data management in the UK.
The project aims to recruit 20 Data Steward Fellows, who will act as RDM and FAIR ambassadors within their places of work, with a £3,000 honorarium.


Develop and engage in delivering RDM courses on-site and/or online. Two professional trainers will be part of these activities. 

Project Sustainability

As part of this UKRI grant, we will investigate ways to sustain our training and the Fellowship scheme beyond the time scale of this grant (two years). This includes looking at ways to make data stewardship support, and careers, a sustainable and professional part of the life sciences. It also entails investigating ways to continue our Fellowship and training work beyond the reach of this project.

ELIXIR-UK has partnered with the Software Sustainability Institute, which has a long-running successful Fellowship, to build this ELIXIR-UK DaSH Fellowship.

Members and resources in this project

Dr Krzysztof Poterlowicz leads the project as Principal Investigator, together with Dr Robert Andrews as Curriculum Lead. They count on a team of trainers and managers to run the project.

Dr Krzysztof Poterlowicz profile picture
Training Coordinator
Dr Robert Andrews Profile Picture
Data Management Working Group Lead
Xenia Perez Sitja Profile Picture
Data Stewardship Community Manager
Catherine Hunter Profile Picture
Node Project Manager
Branka Franicevic profile picture
Data Stewardship Course Developer and Trainer
Dr Sara Khalil profile picture
Data Stewardship Course Developer and Trainer

Alongside the coordination team, expert advisors from ELIXIR-UK enrich the value of the project outputs and its productivity with expertise in RDM, FAIR, Galaxy and Fellowship management.

Prof Carole Goble Profile picture
Joint Head of Node
Prof Neil Hall profile picture
Joint Head of Node
Dr Nicola Soranzo profile picture
Technical Coordinator
Dr Munazah Andrabi Profile Picture
Data Management Working Group Deputy Lead
Prof Susanna-Assunta Sansone Profile Picture
Interoperability Platform Lead
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Fellowship Advisor
Cardiff University
Earlham Institute
The University of Manchester
University of Oxford
University of Bradford


April 2021
Project kick-off

April 2021
September 2021
First cohort of Fellows selected

September 2021
October 2021
First cohort of Fellows start

October 2021
June 2022
Application for second cohort opens

Closes 10 July 2022

June 2022
September 2022
Second cohort selected

September 2022
October 2022
Second cohort starts

October 2022

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This project was funded as part of the UKRI Innovation Scholars: Data Science Training in Health and Bioscience call (DaSH).