Who requires data management plans?

Currently, only a handful of granting agencies and organizations require data management plans. The expectation, though, is that other granting agencies will begin to require DMPs or data sharing in the future. In March 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Policy Memorandum that effectively expanded the requirements for data management planning and data sharing to most research agencies in the Federal Government and the recipients of grants from said agencies. 

Below is a list of some US federal granting agencies that require funded projects to provide some form of data management planning. Not all agencies the require a DMP are listed here.  If you notice something is missing from this list, contact David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant.  If you have questions about whether your grant proposal requires a DMP, contact the CMU Office of Sponsored Programs

See also UK Funder Policies for a list of funding agencies in the United Kingdom that require data sharing.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is taking a phased approach to implementing data management requirements.  The data management policy of the Office of Science goes into effect October 1, 2014.  Other DOE Offices must have a policy in place by October 1, 2015.

DMPs will be reviewed as part of the grant proposal merit review process. Proposals that do not include a DMP will be rejected. Proposals with a DMP that does not meet the requirements will not be funded.  See the Statement on Digital Data Management for additional information.

IMLS grant proposals for projects that will produce digital products are expected to submit a supplementary form for Specification for Projects that Develop Digital Products . IMLS providesguidelines for completing this form along with a list of supporting resources for projects developing digital products.

The NEH Office of Digital Humanities is now requiring DMPs for Digital Humanities Implementation Grants and Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. NEH offers a set of guidelines for DMPs for Digital Humanities Grants.

NIH requires a Data Sharing Plan for some projects. The NIH provides guidelines for which projects require a plan, information about what the Data Sharing Plan should contain, and examples of Data Sharing Plans.