1. Know the guidelines for your grant program.
  2. Assign responsibilities for managing data.
  3. Understand what types of data you will be producing and the approximate volume.
  4. Budget for research data management; the NSF, for example, allows reasonable costs related to implementing the data management plan  to be included in the budget, if justified.

Grant Agency Guidelines


  • DMPTool offers agency-specific templates to generate ready-to-use data management plans. Rice is a member, so you can log in using your netid and password.


Sample Plans


Writing a proposal? Need help writing a data management plan? Contact the Data Management Team at We will review draft plans.