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Research Data Management: Data Management Plans

Guide of resources related to the many aspects of research data management. Data management encompasses the processes surrounding collecting, organizing, describing, sharing, and preserving data.

Data Management Plans

What is a data management plan (DMP)?

A data management plan is a document outlining how a researcher plans to manage data during and after a research project including how it will be organized, maintained, and shared.

Why do you need one?

Many funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes for Health (NIH), are now requiring researchers to submit a formal DMP when applying for grants. Visit SPARC to view an up-to-date listing of data sharing policies by funding organization.

How do you create a DMP?

We recommend using the California Digital Library's DMPTool when creating a data management plan. This tool will walk you step-by-step through the requirements for several different funders and provide you with an exportable data management plan. UW is a participating institution; login using your NetID by clicking "Sign in" in the top right of the page and using Option 1 to select the University of Washington (UW). For more information see this guide on how to use the DMPTool.

Tools & Resources

Campus Services

If you have questions about data management planning or would like to request a data management plan consultation with a member of the Scholarly Communications and Publishing Team, please e-mail us at