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last updated: 10/3/2013

Funder Requirements and Data Management Plans

A variety of major funders, including the NSF, NIH, and NEH, now require that grant applications include a data management plan. Data management plans are intended to demonstrate that the grantee has a strategy for how the data produced in the course of research will be preserved and made accessible for the life of the project and beyond.


Topics covered in a data management plan may include:


  • Description of the data to be collected, such as the nature and format of the data, and how it will be collected, formatted, and defined using metadata
  • Plans for short-term storage and data management, including local storage and security
  • Legal and ethical issues, such as intellectual property, confidentiality of study participants
  • Access policies and provisions, including how others will gain access to your data, application of licenses governing how the data may be re-used, and whether or not there will be an embargo period
  • Long-term archiving and preservation preparations

Visit the following pages to learn more about selected funding agency requirements for data management plans and data sharing, and then log in to DMPTool to get started writing your data management plan.


Tools and Resources

  • DMPTool
    This interactive website offers guidance and resources for writing your own Data Management Plans to the specifications of a variety of grant funding agencies. Among its chief advantages is the availability of boilerplate language for researchers who plan to use the IUB cyberinfrastructure to manage their data.
  • IUB Data Management Service (Bloomington campus)
    Detailed information on the data management services and cyberinfrastructure that Indiana University Bloomington offers affiliated researchers.
  • OVPR Proposal Development Services (Indiana University Bloomington)
    PDS staff offer guidance and assistance to researchers in planning and conceptualizing externally funded research projects, seeking funding, and submitting well-crafted and responsive applications.
  • Data Management Plans & Requirements
    An extended list of funders and their requirements, created by Tufts University Library.
  • Funding Agency and Data Management Guidelines, University of Minnesota University Libraries.
  • Journal Open Data Policies, a list of journals requiring that supplementary data be made openly available.


last updated: 10/3/2013