Data Management Planning (DMP)
Why write a DMP?
Most funders require researchers to submit a data management plan with their grant applications. Writing a DMP provides the impetus for researchers to consider and propose to their funders how they will manage and share their data before project work begins. This benefits researchers as it establishes the framework and resources to support their research data, which translates to better time management and lower costs during project work.
Many funders provide templates that include data management guidelines for researchers to reference as they write their DMPs. The Medical Research Council's (MRC) template includes detailed data-related topics for researchers to review while writing their DMPs. These topics draw researchers' attention to the procedures and resources required for good data management while writing their DMPs for MRC to review. The MRC will take interest in researchers' DMPs as it is the MRC who will fund their research work that will generate the data.
These are MRC DMP template data sections and topics for medical researchers to review and address as they write their DMPs. Addressing each of these topics provides the first important step for medical researchers to manage and share their data.
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