NSF Data Management Plan Tool

The NSF requires a data management plan for all proposals submitted or due after 1/18/2011. This is described in Chapter II.C.2.j of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

Additional (and more specific) information including REQUIREMENTS BY DIRECTORATE, OFFICE, DIVISION, PROGRAM, OR OTHER NSF UNIT are available from the NSF’s Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results webpage.

Each DMP must be provided as a supplement to the grant proposal and must be less than 2 pages in length.

The purpose of this form is to provide an interactive template for researchers intending to submit an NSF grant proposal. Each “question” refers to a major point addressed in the GPG DMP requirements.

The Federal government defines data (OMB Circular A-110) as: “…the recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings.”
This definition includes both original data (observations, measurements etc.) as well as metadata (e.g., experimental protocols, software code for statistical analysis etc.).

This definition of data does not include physical objects such as laboratory samples, preliminary analyses, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, or communications with colleagues. Nor does it include:

(A) Trade secrets, commercial information, materials necessary to be held confidential by a
researcher until they are published, or similar information which is protected under law; and
(B) Personnel and medical information and similar information the disclosure of which would
constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, such as information that could be used to identify a particular person in a research study.”