“Data management plan” defined
A data management plan is a document, submitted with a grant proposal, that describes what data a project will produce or gather, and provides information on how that data will be organized, preserved, or accessed. Creating and following a data management plan allows researchers to better control their own use of their data and facilitates re-use of data sets by either the Principal Investigator or by other researchers.
As of January 2011, the National Science Foundation requires all submissions to include a data management plan as part of the overall proposal. The robustness of the plan will be evaluated during the review process, so it is important that the plan be well-written and thorough. This site will provide information on what to include in an effective data plan, as well as resources to help researchers manage, share, and store their data.