NSF Data Management Plans

All NSF applications require a Data Management Plan (DMP). These plans should include not only plans for archiving, managing and protecting data, but must also explain how research data, results, reports and other information will be disseminated and shared.

Since this is a new policy, there is much that is not known.  This section of our web site will, however, provide information and links to other websites that can be used to help you design a DMP.

At the NSF website on Data Management Plans we have:

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP) .  This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.  Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.  For more information about this new requirement, please see the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j and the Data Management and Sharing Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs).

At the following link, you’ll find additional links to directorates for Education, Geosciences, Math and Physical Sciences (with individual program listed) as well as the social sciences directorate.  


As you develop your plan, you may find that determining what data should be stored and what data should be shared to be critical issues.  A good DMP must not only share the final results that might naturally be reported in journals and in reports, but intermediate data, whether collected or generated, that might be useful to other investigators.  Of course these Data Management Plans must be designed to protect intellectual property and to protect confidential information.

Over the longer term, the University of Tulsa hopes to develop data storage solutions that will allow researchers to more easily share their results.  Currently the Dean of the Library, Adrian Alexander is working with the Great Plains Network and with Dale Schoenefeld on developing proposal for a planning grant that over the longer term will help us define useful solutions to the data management problem.

As always, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is here to assist you with your proposals.  If you have questions about your DMP, please contact Linda Golden or Richard Redner.  They would be pleased to try to assist you.

Additional Links

Proposal Guide (GPG) Proposal Preparation Checklist:

The proposal preparation section in the GPG:   

It would be best if you could organize your statement using the five points listed in the Grant Proposal Guide; here is that URL:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf11001/gpg_2.jsp#IIC2j .

The University of Michigan has a great resource they are sharing with samples of DMPs at:

At that site there is a secondary link to elements that you might find to be a very useful list of items that you may wish to consider in the development of your plan.  Please note that this site is not focused on the NSF requirements, but this is still a very useful site for those who wish to submit an NSF proposal.

Here is a link to Rice University which is also a helpful resource available to the university research community.    http://osr.rice.edu/forms/datamanagementPlans.pdf .