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Research Data Services at UK: Funder Requirements for Data Management

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

Funder Requirements for Data Management

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. Templates for data management plans for these and other funders are available through DMPTool.

NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The most current information on the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing can be found on the UK Research website as well as the the NIH Grants Compliance & Oversight webpage.

Some helpful resources from the NIH on developing your data management and sharing plan include:

For an overview of the NIH DMS Policy and additional helpful resources for completing a DMS Plan, see the video below from the Medical Center Library:




NSF Data Management Plan Policy

NSF proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages describing how the proposal will conform to the NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research needs. For the most up-to-date information, see the NSF's page on Preparing Your Data Management Plan.

Some NSF directorates, offices, divisions, and programs provide more specific guidance on the content of data management plans, including Biological SciencesComputer and Information Sciences and Engineering, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. General guidance can be found in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.  

Other Funding Agency Data Policies

American Heart 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 Management and Sharing Policy

National Science Foundation - Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results