Since January 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has required that applicants provide a one to two-page supplementary document, known as the Data Management Plan (DMP), to describe how a grantee’s proposal will meet NSF guidelines on the dissemination of grant-funded research. ATE Central can help you think through the various provisions of your plan—such as the storage, management, and distribution of data—and offers sustainability training and archiving services to all ATE projects and centers, free of charge.
Grantees who applied for and received funding under NSF solicitation 14-577 (2014-2016) are expected to archive with ATE Central, as a requirement of the grant. To learn more about archiving with ATE Central or how to integrate ATE Central into your data management plan, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATE PIs are expected to disseminate all major outcomes of their work produced with NSF funding; they are also asked to make available the data, samples, collections, or support materials created or collected during the course of their work, with some exceptions to confidential information. The goal of the DMP is, therefore, to show how your proposal conforms to NSF’s policies on dissemination. More specifically, your two-page data management plan should describe:
There are many avenues to dissemination and preservation, so take some time to explore all those available to you. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind while drafting your DMP:
Association of Research Libraries Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy
Data Management Planning Tool
NSF Data Management and Sharing FAQs
NSF Data Management Plan Requirements
NSF Proposal Preparation Instructions on the Data Management Plans
NSF Award and Administration Guide: Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results