Data Management Plans

General Guidelines

A data management plan describes the data that will be authored and how the data will be managed and made accessible throughout its lifetime. The contents of the data management plan should include:

  • the types of data to be authored;
  • the standards that would be applied, for example format and metadata content;
  • provisions for archiving and preservation;
  • access policies and provisions; and
  • plans for eventual transition or termination of the data collection in the long-term future.

In January 2011 NSF added the requirement for a data management plan (DMP) to be included within proposals. Below are some links to relevant pages on the NSF website that highlight data management requirements:

NSF Arctic Data Center Guidelines

The NSF Arctic Data Center is collaborating with the DMPTool to integrate DMP requirements for Arctic data into their online tool.  In the interim we have adapted the documentation previously available via ACADIS.  This template is available here.

About the DMP Tool


The DMPTool is a collaboration of multiple institutions and is a service of the UC Curation Center. The DMPTool will help you:

  • Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
  • Meet funder requirements for data management plans
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for your data management plan as you build it
  • Learn about resources and services available at your institution to help fulfill the data management requirements of your grant

The DMPTool, originally released in October 2011, walks researchers through the steps necessary to create data management plan for one of several funders, including the NSF. You can save, preview and export your plans, as well as share them publicly.