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The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires all proposals to include a data management plan. This plan details how the researcher will share data and other relevant materials at no more than incremental cost. The plan is to be no more than 2 pages and must address two topics:
The plan, along with the proposal, will be evaluated on the basis of the practices of the discipline. Evaluation will also take place during the annual review process and following project completion. Proposals without plans will not be reviewed.
The official NSF requirements are available here.
The plan should articulate how the Principal Investigator (PI) plans to disseminate the primary data. Data sharing encompasses many issues, including
Annual reports must provide information regarding management plan implementation, such as relevant citations, conference proceedings, and other types of results dissemination
Final project reports should describe the data produced, the raw data to be retained, and associated supporting documentation, how data will be verifiably disseminated, the format in which the data will be available, and the metadata if applicable. In addition, discussion of community standards for the data format is expected as context for the dissemination efforts of the project.
Subsequent proposals must report data management under Results of prior NSF support.
Specific requirements vary substantially across disciplines. Each NSF Directorate provides more specific guidance and resources for writing management plans.
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