Data Management Plan Guidance

Help with Your Data Management Plan:

The DMPTool

The University of Alabama is a partner institution in the DMPTool community.

A group of research institutions partnered to create the online tool, the DMPTool, to help generate data management plans. The University Libraries (see Resources box on this page) provides instructions for logging in, getting started and using the tool.

A list of funders (including NSF) whose data management and sharing plans are currently supported in the DMPTool can be found at under DMP Requirements.

Other Resources

If you prefer to use a template, templates and other guidance are also available  within the DMPTool website at, The University of Alabama Libraries has provided a list of links to resources, some of which include templates, at  Links to University Libraries data management resources and NSF Data Management Plans can be found in the Resources block at the top of the page.

Data Management Plan Requirements

A data management plan is just a written description of what you will do with your data during your research and after it is completed. Some federal agencies now require formalized Data Management Plans. NSF proposals, for example, must include a Data Management Plan describing plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or asserting the absence of the need for such plans. A good Data Management Plan will help ensure that your research data is safe and appropriately available for sharing with other researchers.