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NSF Biological Sciences Data Management Plan

The specialized Data Management Plan (DMP) requirements for the NSF Biological Sciences Directorate state that each DMP should address the issues below, as appropriate.  An overview of general NSF DMP information might provide some context.

Biological Sciences Directorate Templates


DMPTool is an online tool to help researchers create data management plans for NSF directorates and divisions, including the Biological Sciences Directorate.  UIUC partnered with several other major research institutions to create this resource.

UIUC DMP Templates

UIUC Biological Sciences Directorate Template - Word | PDF (Last updated: October 2013)

This template is provided as a starting point, with some potential headings and text, for researchers creating a DMP.  Because the Biological Sciences Directorate does not provide detailed guidance, placeholders in square brackets indicate where researchers should provide their language to address a specific issue.  This template does not constitute legal or compliance advice.

The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center has developed a Engineering Directorate DMP Template for UIUC researchers, which might also be helpful.