Data Management for Grants and Other Projects
Data Management Plans
A data management plan (DMP) asks you to think through possible problems:
- Where is your data?
- Is your data backed up? Somewhere reliable and safe?
- Is your storage sufficiently secure for the sensitivity of your project?
- Is your data documented? Could you confidently recreate your results?
- What if key personnel leave the project?
- What happens to the data after the project is over?
- Can someone else use your data without your help?
By answering these questions and occasionally revisiting the answers, you will contribute to the long-term health of your project.
Projects that receive funding from federal agencies and many other sources require that a data management plan be submitted as part of the grant application. Many funding agencies offer a template for this purpose. When applying for a grant, consider using the DMPTool to help draft your plan, share drafts with colleagues and reviewers, and export your plan to a .txt or .rtf file.
- Is accessible using your KU Online ID
- Contains most U.S. agency templates
- Includes local KU resources inside many templates
- Offers sample DMPs
KU Research Toolbox
KU's Research Toolbox (SSO required) contains links to essential KU resources for applying for and managing grants.