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National Science Foundation - Data Management Plan Required beginning January 18 2011
By Admin (on 12/1/2010 @ 15:47:53, in Important, read 1878 times)

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.

For more details, and useful links visit the NSF website on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp

Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF Unit

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units, are provided below. If guidance specific to the program is not provided, then the requirements established in Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j apply.

Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

NSF Data Sharing Policy

Investigators 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. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4.

“NSF is aware of the need to provide flexibility in assessment of data management plans. In developing a plan, researchers may want to consult with university officials as many universities have explicit data management policies. Some professional organizations also have recommended data management practices (e.g. The American Economic Association at http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/data.php). A useful resource on preparing a data management plan can be found at ICPSR at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp, including some very useful examples. Additionally, organizations that offer to store data may also focus on specific types of data. For instance, Open Context (http://opencontext.org/) and the Digital Archaeological Record (http://www.tdar.org/) provide data storage services for the archaeological community. NSF does not endorse the use of any specific repository.”

I suggest that you check out this link http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp where some examples are provided.