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Data Management Planning

A data management plan (DMP) describes the data you expect to acquire or generate during the course of a research project and how you will

❈ manage 
❈ describe
❈ analyze
❈ store

those data, and what mechanisms you will use to share and preserve it.

Sample Plans

❈ ICPSR: Sample Data Management Plan for Social and Political Science Data
❈ NEH-ODH: Data Management Plans from Successful Grant Applications

❈ NIH: Examples of Data-Sharing Plans

❈ NSF, Biology Directorate, Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Examples of three data management plans (pdf) from funded grants by Stanford Professor Virginia Walbot, including additional information and guidance.

❈ NSF: Example Data Management Plans for several different NSF Directorates by researchers from UC San Diego


NSF Expectations

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants.  This guide will help clarify these expectations.

NSF Requirements

Proposals must include a supplementary Data Management Plan of no more than two pages describing how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. This guide will help you meet these requirements.