Funding Agency Requirements

About the NSF Data Management Plan Requirement

The NSF announced in October 2010 a requirement for grant applicants to provide a Data Management Plan to be submitted alongside all grant proposals beginning January 18, 2011. The plan will take the form of a two-page supplementary document that is subject to peer review.

Resources provided by the NSF include:

Generally speaking, the Data Management Plan document may include:

  1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
  2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
  3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

For more information about developing a Data Management Plan, go here.

Other Funding Mandates for Data Sharing

In addition to the NSF, the following government agencies have articulated data management or data sharing policies:

The University of Minnesota Libraries website provides a useful summary of these data guidelines here: