Skip to main content

Research Data Management: Data management plans

Resources for learning about best practices in research data management across a variety of disciplines.

What is a data management plan?

Dozens of federal funding agencies, many non-profit granting agencies, and some corporate funders now require grant applicants to submit a "data management plan" document.

The overviews in this guide should help you consider the content of this data management planning document. Data management plans can also serve as good templates for considering the stages your data will go through and what, if any, will need to be archived for long-term storage.

Some data management planning tools will be highlighted on this page. If you have specific questions about data management plans or the data management tool, please contact the Research Data Support Services group.

Data management planning tools

The DMPTool is a collaborative effort between several universities to streamline the data management planning process. Yale is an institutional partner of the DMPTool, so you can choose Yale as your institution and sign in with your NetID and password, eliminating the need for a separate account.

The DMPTool supports the majority of federal and many non-profit and private funding agencies that require data management plans as part of a grant application. If the funder you're applying to isn't listed or you just want to create one as good practice, there is an option for a generic plan.

Resources for data management planning examples