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NDSU Frequently Asked Questions 


Which funding agencies require a data management plan?

In 1999 the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 was amended to require Federal awarding agencies to ensure that all data produced under an award will be made available to the public through the procedures established under the Freedom of Information Act'' (FOIA).

Various government funding agencies implement this requirement in different ways. 

See funding agency requirements.

Is the policy the same for all disciplines/directorates?

NSF's response to this question states: 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. 

Does every grant proposal submitted now require a DMP?

No. At this time only federal funding agencies have implemented this requirement. While this requirement is not currently in place for state, local and other private funding organizations, it is presumed that this is the first step in what will be a more comprehensive approach to data policy. It will address the need for data from publicly-funded research to be made public for further discovery and innovation.



Do you have additional questions that you don't see here? Submit your questions to the Research Data Working Group.

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Last Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2011 2:24:56 PM