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Grant Requirements for Data: Grant requirements for Data

Funding Agencies policies

The release of a 2013 memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed all grant-making agencies to develop policy requirements on managing and sharing research data, making the data management plan a common funder requirement.

In general, a data management plan (DMP) for a federal grant should include information on

  • What data will be created
  • How the data will be described
  • How the data will be stored during the project
  • How the data and results will be disseminated
  • How the data will be archived

At the same time, many agencies have particular guidelines about how to describe and share data that are discipline-specific.  Be sure to review the specific guidelines for each grant-making agency.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Page includes links to specific data management requirements for the following programs:

  • Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)
  • Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)
  • Education & Human Resources Directorate (EHR)
  • Engineering Directorate (ENG)
  • Geosciences Directorate (GEO)
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS) **Includes Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences and Physics
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE / DOE)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • Link to specific data management requirements and plans for the list below
  • Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)
  • Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) **Human Research Program and Space Biology Program
  • Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)
  • Science Mission Directorate (SMD) ** Astrophysics Division, Earth Sciences Division, Heliophysics Division and Planetary Science Division

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA / USDA)

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)