Skip to Main Content

Research Data Services at UK: DMP Tool

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

Data Management Planning Tool

When creating your data management plan, we recommend using DMPTool. It is a free service which will guide you through including the required elements in a data management plan providing detail for different granting agencies.



DMPTool offers ready-to-use templates to create data management plans for specific funding agencies. This tool provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for creating your data management plan for NSF, NIH, NEH, NOAA, GBMF and IMLS.

To get started, follow the link above, click "log in," select the University of Kentucky as your institution, and log in using your link blue username and password.

Public DMPs are plans created using the DMPTool and shared publicly by their owners. They are not vetted for quality, completeness, or adherence to funder guidelines. You may find it useful to browse through these guides and see how other researchers have responded to some of the questions.

  Please visit the the DMPTool's FAQ Page for additional information and more detailed instructions.

  ​Please see the brief visual tutorial below.

DMP Tool: A brief visual tutorial to help you get started

Brief Visual Tutorial:

1. At, you’ll see a “sign in” option.

Getting started

2. Click “Sign in
  you’ll see a drop-down menu
  Choose Option 1 for institutions affiliated with DMP Tool.

 3. Type in “Kentucky”
      you’ll see “University of Kentucky”
      Click into University of Kentucky.

4. After clicking into “University of Kentucky”, you’ll see our regular sign-on screen.
       Log in with your Link Blue ID.

5. After logging in, you’ll see the Dashboard. Scrolling down further, you’ll see data management plans written by UKY colleagues shared for campus colleagues to see. Each plan also shows the DMP Tool templates used by the researchers.

6. To learn more, see the DMP Tool's "Learn" menu at the top right of your screen.