Funding agencies like National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation require funding proposals to contain plans for data management and dissemination or an explanation that the project will not produce data or samples that require sharing.
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While there are requirements specific to the funding agencies, there are eight elements which should be addressed in any data management plan:
Online resources for developing a plan :
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Effective January 18, 2011, all National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals must contain plans for data management and dissemination or an explanation that the project will not produce data or samples that require sharing. Proposals without the information will be returned without review. Proposals for supplementary support to an existing award are not required to include a Data Management Plan (DMP).
The NSF requires that primary data "commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings" be made available at little or no cost to the PI or project. The DMP does not include preliminary analyses including raw data, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, or communications with colleagues. Data that must be withheld long enough to enable peer review and publication/dissemination or protection of intellectual property is subject to this plan only after those steps have occurred.
A valid plan may consist of a statement that no detailed plan is needed, as long as the researcher provides clear justification.
The general data management requirements along with plans specific to some Directorates, Offices, or Divisions are available. Note there are program specific guidelines for engineering, geosciences, mathematical/physical sciences, and social, behavioral and economic sciences. If program specific guidelines are not available, the general requirements apply.
An NSF-created Frequently Asked Questions site is available.