A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines how you will store and provide access to your data while conducting and after completing research. Many federal funding agencies are currently or will soon be requiring such plans to be submitted with every new grant.
To help UC researchers meet this requirement, the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library maintains a detailed web site on how to put together a data management plan that lists step-by-step considerations.
For a quick overview of the NSF mandate and DMPs, see the video and guide from UC Berkeley
Data Management Plan Tool
UC3 has also put together a tool to help researchers put together DMPs. It is available at:
To use it, simply go to "get started", select "University of California, Davis" as your campus and log in with your Kerberos ID.
The DMPTool provides a guide for drafting the document that you must submit with your application.
It supports data management plans and funder requirements across the disciplines, including the humanities and physical, medical, and social sciences, and includes multiple agency requirements. Users of the DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements, and view the latest changes to their plans. The tool also permits the user to create an editable document for submission to a funding agency, and can accommodate different versions as funding requirements change.
DMP funder requirements
As of 2011, the National Science Foundation requires that that data management plans be submitted as a part of every new proposal.
Other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also have policies; additional information is available from the CDL.