The National Science Foundation recently announced that it will require data management plans (DMP) as part of all grant proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011. NSF's data sharing policy requires that data generated from federally funded research become publicly available per the Freedom of Information Act, and the 2009 Open Government Initiative encouraging transparency in federal agencies. In addition, other federal and non-federal funding agencies require DMP submission with grant applications. See resources in the "How to Write a Data Management Plan" resources box to the left hand column of this page.
Proposals must include a one to two page document labeled Data Management Plan, with the elements listed below. Proposals not needing data collection should still include a supplementary document entitled Data Management Plan with a brief statement justifying why the proposal does not require a data management plan. Grantees submitting collaborative proposals that include sub-awards are required to submit only one Data Management Plan.
Elements in a Data Management Plan: