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Research Data Management at UK: Grant Requirements

Resources and information to help you get started with data management, data preservation, and data sharing

About Funder Data Management Requirements

Funding agencies increasingly require the inclusion of a data management plan with grant proposals. Requirements can vary by funding agency and even by announcement within a particular agency. It's important to look at the requirements for your particular announcement when developing your data management plan.

The Data Management Planning Tool is a resource available through the UK Libraries that provides templates for all of the major funding agencies. Creating a Data Management Planning Tool account will help you manage all of your data management plans (DMP). To get started, click on the link, select the University of Kentucky from the drop-down list, and create an account.The boxes below list the Data Management Planning Tool prompts for the general NSF DMP template and for the NIH data sharing template. These questions will give you an idea of the data management issues that need to be addressed in a typical data management plan.

NSF Data Management Plan Policy

NSF proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data  Management Plan." This document should describe how the proposal will conform to the NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research needs.

NIH Data Sharing Policy

All investigator-initiated NIH applications with direct costs greater than $500,000 in any single year will be expected to address data sharing in their application. More information can be found on the NIH Grants Compliance & Oversight webpage.

Other Funding Agency Data Policies

American Hearth Association - Open Science Policy

Department of Energy - Digital Research Data Management

Institute for Educational Sciences - Public Access to Data Resulting from IES Funded Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities - Data Management Plans for Digital Humanities

National Institutes of Health - Data Sharing Workbook

National Science Foundation - Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results