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Data Management Plan (NSF ENG)   Tags: data, data-sharing, data_curation, data_management, dmp, engineering, nsf  

This guide will provide guidance & resources for writing a Data Management Plan, based on NSF ENG documentation.
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Data Management Plan Examples

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education at the College of Engineering has created a CTools site with example data management plans. These plans have been posted with permission from their authors, but please do not copy and paste their exact wording. Follow these directions to access the site:

  1. Go to CTools and log in.
  2. Click on "Membership" in the left navigation bar.
  3. Click on the "Joinable Sites" button at the top of the page.
  4. In the search box on the right, type data management and click "Search."
  5. "CoE Data Management Plans" should be in the list of results. Click on "Join" to add the site to your list of sites.

Please note that this resource is accessible only to University of Michigan students, staff, and faculty.

Tools for Writing DMPs

Other DMP Templates

These are links to templates created for researchers at other colleges & universities.


How to Use This Guide

Use the tabs on this guide to view summaries, resources, and helpful questions to consider for each section of your DMP.

Data Curation - Why should you care?

"By learning how to preserve and share digital materials so others can effectively reuse them, you will maximise the impact of your research" (Digital Curation Centre)

Data that you generate with or for your research should be available to other researchers to help verify and advance your work. By becoming a good steward of your data, you will have a framework in place to help you keep track of your data, your data will be citable, you can help your graduate students achieve their goals quicker, and you will be helping future researchers in your field of study.

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Submit a DMP

A Data Management Plan Review Service pilot has been established to support the development of strong, effective data management plans (DMPs) by College of Engineering researchers for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. To submit your NSF DMP, please send it to:



NSF Data Management Plan Requirement

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4.

Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.

This resource is intended to be used for preparing College of Engineering ENG proposals. Requirements are based on NSF ENG Documentation.

For guidelines from other NSF directorates relevant to Engineering, please see:

Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Directorate for Geosciences:
-Division of Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (GEO/AGS)
-Division of Earth Sciences (GEO/EAR)
-Division of Ocean Science (GEO/OCE)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)
-Division of Chemistry (MPS/CHE)
-Division of Materials Research (MPS/DMR)
-Division of Mathematical Sciences (MPS/DMS)
-Division of Physics (MPS/PHY)

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