Data Management Plan


  • The University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library have created a web-form, the DMP Tool, to simplify the generation of Data management Plans. (The DMP Tool requires a login, but once an account is created, DMPs are saved for you.  The DMP Tool is configured to support specific funder requirements, including those of the NSF, NIH, NEH, NOAA, and GBMF).
  • Similarly, the Digital Curation Centre has DMP Online, a Web-based tool to build and edit a customized plan according to select funder requirements (including the NSF). Also available is a Word template for a Data Management Plan .  The Digital Curation Centre is a useful, general knowledge resource, as well.
  • The ICPSR has template Data Management Plans.



Data Management Plan Guidelines


The following are directly from the NSF Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results web page. 

The NSF page also contains an a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

NSF Data Sharing Policy

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. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4.


NSF Data Management Plan Requirements

Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.

Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF Unit

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units, are provided below. If guidance specific to the program is not provided, then the requirements established in Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j apply.

Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)

Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)

Education & Human Resources Directorate (EHR)

Engineering Directorate (ENG)

Geosciences Directorate (GEO)

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS)

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)



General information regarding grants and funding is available from the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

Specific questions about science grants should be directed to

Specific questions about data and data management plans should be directed to:



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