Data Management Plans

Most federal agency grant proposals must include data management plans. Each scientist is responsible for her/his own data plan.

Use the Cary Institute Data Management Plan template attached at the bottom of this page and modify as needed. A few example data plans are also attached. Or, try out the DMP Tool data management wizard.

Funding Agency Information:

National Science Foundation Data Sharing Policy

All NSF proposals must include a supplementary data management plan (DMP) of no more than 2 pages. The DMP should address how the proposal will follow NSF policy on management and sharing of research data.

For NSF proposals, make sure to check relevant directorate level guidance, including but not limited to Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), Geological Sciences Directorate (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences

National Institutes of Health Data Sharing Policy

The NIH published a final statement on sharing research data in the NIH Guide on February 26, 2003. For applications with costs exceeding $500,000, a data sharing plan must be included. NIH has issued a new Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which will require NIH funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared. On January 25, 2023, the new policy will come into effect and replace the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy currently in effect.

USDA Data Management, guidance from the National Agricultural Library

USGS Data Management

NASA Data Management Plans, see directorate and unit level requirements.

NOAA Data Management guidance