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Research Data Management (Health Sciences)

Tips for managing data and creating a data management/sharing plan.

National Science Foundation - DMP 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.

Proposals 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.

Source: NSF: Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results, accessed 6/14/17

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The DMPTool is a free, web-based tool you can use to create, review, and share data management plans using templates that address specific funder requirements. Additionally, the DMPTool website provides sample data management plans and general data management guidance.

This 90-second video provides an overview of the DMPTool, and outlines its basic features and capabilities.