Funding Agency Requirements

Funding agencies recognize the value of sharing research data and some agencies, including the NSF, require submission of a data management plan in grant proposals.

NSF Data Management plan
NIH Data Sharing Policy
Other funding mandates

Funding agencies may also require an Information Security System Plan (ISSP) before granting an award.

NSF Data Management Plan

The NSF began requiring a Data Management Plan in 2011. This plan should be included as a document, no longer than 2 pages, in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section of grant proposals.  The plan should address:

  • type of data created
  • standards used
  • policies for access and sharing
    • what is to be shared, what can’t be shared
    • confidentiality
  • policies for the re-use and re-distribution of data
  • plans for archiving and preserving data (could include a subject repository or an institutional repository like OpenBU)

Some directorates and programs within NSF may have more specific requirements. Researchers should check for requirements within the appropriate program, and if no specific guidance is given, use the general guidelines.

NSF Links

Data Management Plan:

NIH Data Sharing Policy

Since 2003, the NIH has required researchers awarded more than $500,000 a year to include a data sharing plan. The grantee should explain how the project data will by shared, or why the data cannot be shared. Some grants under $500,000 may require a data sharing plan, and this requirement will be listed in the program announcement.

In 2008, NIH enacted a Public Access policy, which focuses on published articles and does not directly address data.

NIH Links

Other Funding Agencies

The University of Minnesota maintains a more comprehensive list of funding agency mandates.