DMPs are not evaluation plans, but they should address how evaluation data will be handled and possibly shared.
DMPs are required for all NSF proposals, uploaded as a Supplementary Document in the FastLane.gov proposal submission system. They can be up to two pages long and should describe
- the kind of data you will gather
- how you’ll format the data and metadata (metadata is documentation about what your primary data are)
- what policies will govern the access and use of your data by others
- how you’ll protect privacy, confidentiality, security, and intellectual property
- who would be interested in accessing your data and in what ways they might use it
- your plans for archiving the data and preserving access to them
To learn more about data management plans, check out these resources:
- The ATE Central Handbook includes a sample data management plan and other helpful resources.
- The NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources guidelines for data management plans.
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