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Data Management Plans

Data management can encompass creation, manipulation, analysis, visualization, preservation, access, and/or re-use. Do you need a data management plan? If you are applying to one of the following funding sources, chances are you do. Grant proposals that require a data management plan include:

  • All proposals for the National Science Foundation 
  • Digital Humanities proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Proposals over $500,000 for the National Institutes of Health
  • Several private foundations

Each NSF directorate may have their own requirements, so make sure to use the guidance that is specific to your proposal (linked below for your convenience). As well, you can use the DMPTool for some of these directorates (as indicated below). The DMPTool is an interactive website that leads you through the process. For further information, please contact the Research and Sponsored Programs Office at

 Questions?  Webpage  Available in DMPTool
National Science Foundation's Data Management Plan (NSF DMP) NSF's Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results
 Frequently Asked Questions
Biological Sciences (BIO) BIO directorate-wide guidance  BIO
Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) CISE directorate-wide guidance   
Education and Human Resources (EHR) EHR directorate-wide guidance  
Engineering (ENG) ENG directorate-wide guidance  ENG
Geosciences (GEO) GEO general directorate guidance  
    Atmospheric and Geospace  
    Earth Sciences  EAR
    Ocean Sciences   
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS) Astronomical Sciences      
  Mathematical Sciences    
  Materials Research   DMR
  Physics  PHY
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) SBE directorate-wide guidance  SBE

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