Data Management Plans

Many funding agencies already require or will soon require data management plans to be submitted with grant proposals.  The UIUC Research Data Service maintains a list of data plans and policies released by funding agencies, including the CDC, DOE, NIH, NSF, USAID, and USDA.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation now requires a data management plan (DMP) to be submitted with each grant proposal.


Biological Sciences Directorate

The Biological Sciences Directorate has specialized DMP requirements.  Check out the NSF Biological Sciences DMP page for specific information and templates.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health expect a data sharing plan to be submitted with an application for $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year, although increasingly, specific Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) require data sharing plans, regardless of the funding level.


  • The data sharing plan is expected to be about one paragraph, which does not count towards the application page limit.
  • The purpose of the data sharing plan is to describe how final research data will be shared, keeping in mind NIH’s policy that “Data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data.”  The Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data is available.
  • NIH’s Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance provides practical information about issues that could be addressed in a data sharing plan and even provides data sharing plan examples.
  • The data sharing plan will be assessed by program staff for appropriateness and adequacy; it will not be a factor in the determination of scientific merit or priority score.
  • Other Resources: NIH Data Sharing FAQ | NIH Data Sharing Brochure (PDF)