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Creating Data Management & Sharing Plans (DMSPs)

This guide is designed to get you started on writing Data Management (& Sharing) Plans for grant proposals.

DMSP Planning Worksheet NIH Changes and Library Resources Workshop FAQTemplates

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Using This Guide

This is one of a pair of guides designed to help you understand and apply data management, sharing, and curation information. 

If you are new to data management, you may want to start with the companion guide Research Data Management & Curation, as it offers more background and explanation of the concepts of data management.

This guide is meant to be used during the creation of your Data Management & Sharing Plan (DMSP) to offer an overview of what to include, writing tools, funder requirements, and suggested repositories. (See tabs for more information)

National Institute of Health NIH   National Science Foundation NSF   National Endowment for the Humanities NEH  National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASAInstitute of Education Sciences (IES)  Department of Energy DOE  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Support for Creating DSMPs

Here at UA Libraries we have several experts and services tailored to help you manage your data. These include: 

  • Workshops covering the many steps and importance of data management
  • Writing assistance & reviews for your data management plans
  • Consultations on Open Access Publishing 

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers several research data storage solutions. To setup, budget, or purchase storage, please contact Executive Director, Research Computing Services D. Jay Cervino ( 

Additionally, the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) can offer guidance on the policy side of creating DSMPs for funding.