Data Management Plan

What is it?

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document that describes the types of data that will be produced as part of a research project and how those data will be securely stored, documented, shared, and preserved both during the project and after it is completed. Federal grant agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) require DMPs (or data sharing plans) to be submitted when applying for almost all grants.

What do funders expect?

The specific requirements vary by granting agency and directorate.

What should I include?

Specific requirements will vary by agency, but in general, a DMP requires you to describe the specific data that will be produced, how you will document the data, how the data will be stored and protected during the research, and how you plan to share and preserve the data after the research is completed. See the Library's Data Management Plan page for templates and more details.

Who can help?

Both Research Support in LATIS and the University Libraries can help you write and review your Data Management Plan. Contact us to get started!

Other resources

ICPSR’s Guide for Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving
UK Data Archive’s Managing and Sharing Data document