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NSF Data Management Plan Assistance


NSF What's a data management plan?

A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after you complete your research. Most researchers have some form of a data management plan, but often don't know the full scope of issues to sort out or perhaps plan to figure it out later.

Why are researchers being required to develop data management plans?

Many federal funding agencies are now starting to require formalized Data Management Plans. Beginning on January 18, 2011, the National Science Foundation will require a 2-page plan as part of the formal, peer-reviewed proposal process. Other agencies will likely follow close behind.

What constitutes “data” covered by a data management plan?

What constitutes such data will be determined by the community of interest through the process of peer review and program management. This may include, but is not limited to: data, publications, samples, physical collections, software and models. Data is very broadly defined under federal awards in 2 CFR 215 but specifically does not include drafts and preliminary work.

What's involved in developing a data management plan?

Developing a data management plan can be time consuming, tedious, and daunting, but it's a very important step in ensuring that your research data is safe and sound for the present and future. With the right process and framework it doesn't take too long and can pay-off enormously in the long-run.

We can help

UO's Office of Research, UO Libraries, and Information Services are working together to provide UO researchers information and advice on data management plans. You may find what you need in the materials presented at this website and the site also includes links to resources outside of UO. We encourage you, particularly early in the adoption of these new requirements, to take advantage of our resources and expertise to make your grant application as competitive as possible. Through a process of getting to know your research, data and goals, we can help you develop a data management plan that will work optimally for your research project. By doing this work at the beginning of your research process, you will have a far easier time following-through, complying with funding agency and publisher requirements, and creating the relationships that will promote the adoption of your work.

More information is available at the Library's DMP site,, or e-mail the team at to set up a consultation. If you can, please include copies of your proposal and data management plan. (Even very early drafts are helpful).

Team Member Title Email Phone
Brian Westra Lokey Science Data Services Librarian 541-346-2654
Robert Long Assistant Director, Research and Faculty Development 541-346-2293