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Stony Brook University

Research Data


The DoIT DMPTool page gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create a DMP using a web-based generator.  You can save your plans, obtain SBU-specific information resources, and request review by one of our data specialists.

See some example plans generated by the tool.

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NSF Directorate-specific Information

As of 2011, the National Science Foundation now requires that data management plans be submitted and undergo peer review as part of the grant review process. All of the information below can be found at the NSF page on “Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.”

Chapter II of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide states, “Special information and supplementary documentation [includes]: plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled 'Data Management Plan.' This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4; excerpted below).  … Data management requirements and plans specific to the Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF unit, relevant to a proposal are available here. If guidance specific to the program is not available, then the requirements established in [the general template] apply.”

Section 4 of the NSF Awards and Administration Guide: Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results states that, “Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.”

FAQ page on data management includes answers related to how this portion of the grant relates to budget, what constitutes data, etc. (last updated 30 Nov. 2010)

Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF Unit

Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) Directorate-wide Guidance - UPDATED Feb 2013 (PDF).

Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE) Directorate-wide Guidance

Education & Human Resources Directorate (EHR) Directorate-wide Guidance

Engineering Directorate (ENG) Directorate-wide Guidance

Geosciences Directorate (GEO) Directorate-wide Guidance

Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE)

- Biological-Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)
- BCO-DMO data management best pactices (PDF)
- BCO-DMO data management plan advice
- Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA), a community-based, NSF-funded facility that provides data services for the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences to support, sustain, and advance the geosciences.
- National Ocean Data Center

Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS)

Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)

Division of Chemistry (CHE)

Division of Materials Research (DMR)

Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

Division of Physics (PHY)

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) Directorate-wide Guidance

Have an LTER proposal? See more information about what should be in your DMP here.