Data Management Planning

Data Management Planning for Researchers at NC State

What is a Data Management Plan (DMP)?

A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after you complete your research. It describes the data that will be created, the standards used to describe the data (metadata), who owns the data, who can access the data, how long the data will be preserved (and/or made accessible), and what facilities and equipment will be necessary to disseminate, share, and/or preserve the data. Several funding agencies require or encourage the development of data management plans for research.

How do you write a DMP?

A Data Management Plan consists of many elements describing the preservation, sharing, and access for your data. For a breakdown of the primary elements to include in your data management plan, see:

Who can you contact if you need help or have questions?

NCSU's Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS), working with the NCSU Libraries and NCSU's Office of Information Technology (OIT) Shared Services group, is providing consultation for data management and discovery for research data associated with requirements of grant funding agencies.

For questions or support with writing data management plans or implementing data management practices, contact:

For more information about complying with grant funding requirements, contact:

  • John Chaffee
    Director, Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS)

For more information about NC State's Office of Information Techology (OIT) support contact:

For more information about copyright and intellectual property regarding your data and publications, contact:

Content on this page is adapted from the NSF Data Sharing Policy, Data Management & Sharing FAQ, University of Virginia.