Data Management Plans

Many government funding agencies are either requiring or recommending that researchers submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of their funding application. A DMP can be a helpful tool for you to organize your research project data and prompt you to consider the following questions about your research data:

  • What types of data will be created
  • Policies (funding, legal and institution) that apply to the data
  • Who will own, have access to, and be responsible for managing the data
  • What equipment and methods will be used to capture, process and document the data
  • How the data will be organized and documented
  • Where the data will be stored during and after the research
  • How the data will be shared and under what provisions

Online Data Management Plan tools

There are free tools available to help draft a DMP. These tools have templates that reflect criteria to meet funding requirements, and can help design a plan that is relevant to data in your research domain:

Data Management Plan tools & examples

You can also draft your own DMP rather than relying on a template: