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Writing a Data Plan

Using DMPonline or funder templates to write a Data Management Plan (DMP)

A data management plan is a document that describes your plans for creating, organising, documenting, storing and sharing data. It takes into account issues such as data protection and confidentiality, data preservation and curation, and provides a framework that supports researchers and their data throughout the course of their research and beyond.

Research funders are increasingly requiring researchers to meet certain data management criteria, and submit a technical or data management plan as part of their grant application.

To support researchers in writing their data management plans we provide:

  • Tailored DMP assistance for Principal Investigators (PIs) submitting research proposals.
  • Customised DMPonline for optimal University of Edinburgh use: clear online service provision for those PIs needing a data management plan.

Using DMPonline

DMPonline is a flexible web-based tool to assist users to create personalised plans according to their context or research funder. The tool also provides researchers examples of guidance and best practice via crowdsourced links to Digital Curation Centre's (DCC) resources and external advice.

DMPonline also provides DMP templates and guidelines for the following funders:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission (Horizon 2020)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • National Science Foundation  (USA)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Wellcome Trust
  • ZonMw (Netherlands)


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