Write a data management plan

Although different funding agencies have different requirements for the plans they expect to be included in a grant application, some core data management principles will apply to most disciplines. Remember that you can always use the DMPTool to help you develop your data management plan. The DMPTool currently supports plans for the following funding agencies: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NOAA, National Endowment for the Humanities, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Suggested data management plan components:

  1. Description of data to be produced or collected, including data standards or formats 
  2. Identification of protocols or workflows to help manage data throughout the project
  3. Description of documentation and metadata standards to describe the data
  4. Plan for short-term data storage & backup, including necessary security measures 
  5. Plan for sharing data, including legal and ethical issues, intellectual property issues, or access policies and provisions
  6. Plan for data preservation, archiving, and long-term access
  7. Plan for allocating responsibility for data management within your research project

Please use the menu on the right to find additional information on some of the best practices for each of these components, as well as questions to consider when writing a data management plan.