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NSF (National Science Foundation)

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

Complete a DMP for NSF

This link will take you through to DMPonline, a tool developed by the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) to help you write DMPs. You will need to create an account and link it to your University credentials if you have not already done so.

Once successfully logged into DMPonline, select National Science Foundation when asked for your funder, tick the DCC guidance box and click Create Plan to get started.

This quick guide will help you find your way around DMPonline: Getting Started with DMPonline (PDF, 2,278 KB)

Data Management Plan

  • Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.
  • DMP should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.
  • No more than 2 pages.
  • Supplementary document to proposal.

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

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

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.


Further help

You can book a meeting by emailing the Research Data team at who are happy to help you to formulate an NSF- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your NSF Data Management Plan.

More Information


Research Data team

University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9TR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: (01334) 462343