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Data Management Plans

Many agencies require a Data Management Plan (DMP). For National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals, proposers must include a DMP of no more than two pages that describes how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results and may include:

  1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
  2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
  3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

Data management requirements and plans specific to the Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF unit, relevant to a proposal are available at:

Many researchers find the DMP Tool to be a useful resource. The DMP Tool maintains a library of publicly shared DMPs available here: 

Microsoft Office document icon NSF DMP guidance and template43.5 KB