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NSF (National Science Foundation)

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NSF expect you to share with other researchers the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered. You are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.


Expectations of particular note

  • You are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time
    • the primary data,
    • samples,
    • physical collections, and
    • other supporting materials.

...created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants.

Data management plan

  • Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.
  • The DMP should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.
  • It should be no longer than two pages.
  • it should be submitted as a supplementary document to proposal.

Note: the Engineering Directorate (ENG) has additional guidance for proposals submitted to ENG programs.

For more details, check the NSF guidance on data management plans.

You can write your data management plan by using a template for the NSF data management plan provided by DMPonline, an online tool that provides funders' templates and guidance. We can help you writing your plan or simply review it before submission; please, allow enough time for consultation.

If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your data management plan, we would appreciate if you could share it with the Research Data Management team as a good example of a NSF Plan for use within the University. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.


We can help you understand and meet the NSF requirements on research data, from writing the DMP to sharing your data. Simply contact us at any time, or come and see us during our open office hours, every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm.    

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