Many US funding agencies (including the NSF and NIH) require researchers to provide detailed Data Management Plans (DMPs) for managing research data. Resources to help in DMP preparation are provided below. An effective DMP can be created using the online DMP tool in conjunction with the ORCA DMP guide.

DMP Requirements
    It is important to pay attention to specific DMP requirements based on the specific institution, foundation, or other funding party you are working with. Here are the specific policies for Data Management Plans for the NIH and NSF, as well as a website linking to a database of DMP requirements by funder. (Note: The NIH refers to these as “Data Sharing Plans”)
Online Data Management Plan Tool
Several universities and organizations have developed a DMP tool to helps researchers meet new DMP requirements from federal agencies. This DMP tool will help researchers:

  • Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
  • Meet requirements for data management plans
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for data management plan
Other DMP Templates
Data Management Plan Preparation Guides from Other Universities
    Stanford also has an informative page with various examples from popular funding institutions and foundations.