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Guide of resources related to the many aspects of research data management. This guide was created thanks to generous support from the UW Friends of the Libraries.
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Data Management Plans

What is a data management plan (DMP)?

A data management plan is a document outlining how a researcher plans to manage data during and after a research project including how it will be organized, maintained and shared. 

Why do you need one?

More and more funding agencies are now requiring researchers to submit a formal data management plan (DMP) when applying for grants including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes for Health (NIH).  See the box  below on "Other Funding Agencies" for more information on data management requirements from other agencies.

How do you create a DMP?

When creating a plan for NSF, NIH, NEH, IMLS or the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, we recommend using the California Digital Library's DMPTool. UW is a participating institution so you can login using your NetID. This tool will walk you step-by-step through the requirements for each of the above funders and upon completion will provide you an exportable data management plan.  Click here for a guide on how to use the DMPTool.

If you are requesting funding from an agency not covered by the DMPTool, check the Funding Agency Requirements box (below) for assistance.

Funding Agency Requirements

Many funding agencies now requirement the inclusion of a data management plan in grant proposal submissions.  Here are links to funding agency requirements of which we are aware.

  • Department of Defense (DOD)
    See Section
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (pdf)
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS)
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Data & Info Policy
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Office of Justice Programs
    see Other Requirements for Applicants
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Data Rights & Related Issues

Campus Services

If you have questions about data management planning or would like to request a data management plan consultation with a member of the ResearchWorks Data Services Team, please submit a request here.

Other DMP resources on campus:

  • eScience Institute
    The eScience Institute can help you with the preparation of the technical sections of your funding proposals.
  • Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE)
    provide data management services to faculty affiliates and students including grant proposal support

Tools & Resources

  • DMPTool
    This is an online tool to assist in writing data management plans for NSF, NIH, NEH, IMLS or GBMF. UW is a participating institution so you can login using your NetID.
  • DMPTool Demo
    Demonstration on how to use the California Digital Library's DMPTool.
  • Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans
    Guidance from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research on creating a data management plan.
  • ICPSR Data Management Plan Resources & Examples
    List of resources from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Includes templates, tools, funder requirements, best practices and data management plan examples in the natural sciences.

Presentations & Webinars

  • ICPSR Webinar: Guidance on Preparing a Data Management Plan
    Video recording and slide presentation from the ICPSR webinar presented on February 17th, 2011.
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