DMPTool Partners Receive Grant

Jan 28, 2013

Partners in the development of the popular Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), including the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library, were awarded a $590,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will be used to fund further developments and improvements to the DMPTool including expanded functionality, training modules, documentation and the creation of an open source community to sustain the DMPTool in the future.

Other project partners include the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library, the University of Virginia Library, and DataONE. The grant activity will occur in 2013.

Datasets are the currency of scientific and intellectual advancement. Despite this reality, most researchers are not aware of how best to manage their data. The DMPTool, launched in October 2011, is a freely available web application that addresses this need by guiding users through the process of creating a data management plan for a range of funders.

The current version of the DMPTool provides an easy to use interface that:

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funding will support a second version, DMPTool2, which will:

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life. For more information, visit

For questions about the DMPTool, the DMPTool2 and Illinois’ role in development, please contact Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS Coordinator and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at

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