NSF Data Management Plans

Beginning January 18, 2011, the National Science Foundation will require all funding proposals include a Data Management Plan to address sharing and availability of data generated from the proposed research.

Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j has the full policy implementation.

Requirements, instructions and advice for PIs are available for specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions and Programs.

Some things to think about in creating your data management plan:

  • can your data be shared through existing discipline-based preprint and/or data sites?
  • can you identify sites to share your data?
  • what is the best way to manage your data long-term?
  • are there reasons data cannot be publicly shared (i.e., due to confidentiality of research subjects)?
  • will journal publications require links to your research data?

For more information:

Data Management & Sharing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NSF Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results Policy

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance

Sample Data Plans Online:
UC San Diego
University of Michigan

DMPToolkit (contains sample plans and DMP templates for selected funding agencies)

NSF Open Government Plan 2.0 initiatives:
Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) State Data Tool
Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) Digest
Federal IT Dashboard

Open Access Directory data repositories

Still need help?  The Libraries Scholarly Communications Officer, Elizabeth Brown, can assist you with creating your data plan at (607) 777-4882.

Last Updated: 2/27/15