Data management plan templates

Do you need a template to draft a data management plan? Not everyone wants to use the DMPTool, and we understand. Maybe you would like to have a template that you can use in a classroom setting so your students can practice writing a plan.  Perhaps you would simply like to see what the requirements are for a given funder, so you can get a head start on your next grant proposal.

The NSF and NEH templates are identical to the ones in the DMPTool.  The NIH, DOE, IES, and DARPA templates were created in response to these funders changing landscapes. Some funders have specific requirements for a program, and those guidance documents are also available here. All funder guidance links have been updated recently, and publication dates, where known, are shown after the document link.  All templates are in Word format, and Rich Text format are available by request.

The Research Data Management team, part of the University of Virginia Library’s Research Data Services & Sciences, is available to help with Data Management Plans for all UVa undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and researchers.  We’d be delighted to answer any questions you have as you draft your data management plan, and review your DMP and offer suggestions based on best practices to improve it.  Contact

National Science Foundation

nsf-gen template  This is a generic template which can be used for any NSF DMP.  It is strongly suggested that you use the specific template for your NSF program if one is available.  These templates have been engineered to fulfill the requirements of the particular Directorate or Division.

Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

nsf-bio template

UPDATED Information about the Data Management Plan Required for Full Proposals (2/2018)

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)

Data Management Guidance for CISE Proposals and Awards (4/26/18)

nsf-cise template

Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)

nsf-ehr template

Data Management for EHR

Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

nsf-eng template

ENG Data Management Plans Guidance for Principal Investigators (11/2018)

Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)

Geosciences Data Policies

Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)

nsf-ast template

AGS Advice to PIs on Data Management Plans (4/2018)

AGS-Data Management Form Instructions

AGS-Data Management Form

Earth Sciences (EAR)

nsf-ear template

EAR Data Sharing Policy Appendix (4/2018) MS-Excel

Sample and Data Policy (4/2018)

Ocean Sciences (OCE)

Sample and Data Policy (2017)

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)

Advice to PIs on Data Management Plans

Astronomical Sciences (AST)

nsf-ast template

Chemistry (CHE)

nsf-che template

Materials Research (DMR)

nsf-dmr template

Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

Physics (PHY)

nsf-phy template

Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)

nsf-sbe template

Data Management for NSF SBE Directorate Proposals and Awards guidance (4/2018)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

National Institutes of Health

nih-gen template

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance

NIH Data Management and Sharing Activities Related to Public Access and Open Science 

nih-gds template

NIH Guidance for Investigators in Developing Genomic Data Sharing Plans (7/2015)

NIH Genomic Data Sharing

Study Registration and Data Submission to an NIH-Designated Controlled-Access Data Repository and related links


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)

neh-odh template

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants: see Attachment 8 for DMP requirements (1/2020)

Blog: Planning 3: Managing and Sustaining the Project Assets – Data Management Plans (11/2019)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Statement on Digital Data Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Suggested Elements for a Data Management Plan

Data Management Resources at the Office of User Facilities

doe-gen template

Office of Science (OS)

doe-os-generic template  This is a generic template which can be used for any DOE Office of Science DMP.  It is strongly suggested that you use the specific template for your DOE program if one is available.  These templates have been engineered to fulfill the requirements of the particular Division.

Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)

ascr template

Basic Energy Sciences (BES)

bes template

Biological and Environmental Research (BER)

Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)

fes template

High Energy Physics (HEP)

hep template

Nuclear Physics (NP)

np template

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

sbir-sttr template

Department of Education 

Institute of Education Services (IES)

ies 2022 template with UVa-specific guidance

ies 2020 template

U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

U.S. Census Bureau

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Research and Technology

Department of Defense (DoD)

Research DirectorateBasic Research

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Defense Sciences Office (DSO)  DSO template

United States Army Research LaboratoryArmy Research Office (ARO)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)