In an effort to promote data sharing and responsible stewardship of data by researchers, funders are increasingly requiring grant applicants to submit data management plans (DMPs) with their grant proposals.
Funder requirements have been compiled on a number of web pages:
For the National Science Foundation, note that each directorate has its own data management plan guidelines.
An important first step in managing research data is planning. Some issues to consider:
For more insight into the questions you should ask and answer, check out DCC Data Management Plan Checklist
Data management plans (DMPs) are documents prepared by researchers as they are planning a project and writing a grant proposal. DMPs typically include:
More guidance on what should go into a DMP:
Two free tools for writing Data Management Plans are DMPTool and DMPonline.
Easily create a data management plan for your next grant proposal using the DMPTool, available to guide you through the steps of creating a funder-required data management plan. You can log in with your TAMU-CC Islander username and password to access funder specific templates and support. Use a template to step through the completion of a data management plan. Then save and export your work.
A second free tool is DMPonline, developed by the UK Digital Curation Centre. Both tools provide guidance and templates for creating Data Management Plans in compliance with funder requirements.