NSF DMP- MPS Directorate/ DMS Division Scientific Data Consulting Group
Guidance University of Virginia Library
NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Data Management Plan Guidance
NSF Data Management Plan Requirement Overview
Proposals submitted after January 18, 2011 must include a Data Management Plan (DMP)
DMP should be a supplementary document of no more than two pages
DMP must describe how the researcher will adhere to the NSF policy on sharing of results1
See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation
For many DMS proposals, a statement that “no data management plan is necessary” will
suffice, provided that a clear justification for this claim is given.
Since many of the DMS proposals are interdisciplinary, it is suggested that PIs use the
customary data practices of partner disciplines in their proposal’s DMP.
Help with Your Data Management Plan
In order to ensure that all NSF proposals coming out of the University of Virginia meet the data
management plan requirements, researchers are encouraged to consult with staff in the U.Va.
Library’s Scientific Data Consulting Group (SciDaC).
The Division of Mathematical Sciences suggests that PIs on interdisciplinary proposals consult
Data Management Plans from other NSF divisions and directorates. UVa SciDaC provides
templates for each of the divisions and directorates, that have provided specific guidance, as well
as a Generic Data Management template to use for those divisions and directorates who have no
Review the Data Management Plans on the SciDaC web page:
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/brown/data/NSFDMP.html to see if there is a specific DMP for your
particular partner discipline. If you have any questions about which Data Management
template to use, please contact the SciDaC group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DISCLAIMER: The consulting advice provided by the University of Virginia Library’s Scientific
Data Consulting (UVA SciDaC) Group is to be considered only as advice based on experience working
with researchers on data management planning, and is to be used with the understanding that the UVA
SciDaC is not rendering legal or compliance advice on specific matters. If you have specific questions or
concerns, UVA SciDaC recommends that you consult with appropriate legal counsel and grants
administration advisors (usually Dave Hudson in the Office of the Vice President for Research) with
respect to your individual situation.
Data Sharing Policy: Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost
and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created
or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.
See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4
1 Last Modified: 11 November 2011