Since 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) requires a data management plan (DMP) for grant applications. This guide will review the DoD’s requirements and provide resources and examples plans. The Office of Scholarly Communication offers additional 1-on-1 assistance developing DMPs. Please contact us to schedule a consultation or to conduct a DMSP review before you submit your application.
The Data Management Plan (DMP) describes the digitally formatted scientific data created or gathered in the course of DoD funded research. The plan will describe how and where the data will be made available to the public and explicitly describe how the data that underlies scientific publications will be available for discovery, retrieval, and analysis. For more information in the DoD plan to establish public access to the results of federally funded research (2015) and the DoD STIP instructions (updated 2018).
The DMP may include the following information:
Data standards should be considered for each type of data being collected/analyzed. Explain any cases where there are no formal standards for a particular data type and how the data will be structured and include codebooks and/or data dictionaries.
NOTE: Digitally formatted scientific data resulting from unclassified, publicly releasable research supported wholly or in part by DoD funding should be stored and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze to the extent feasible and consistent with applicable law and policy; agency mission; resource constraints; and U.S. national, homeland, and economic security. For the purposes of this draft proposed plan, data will not be publicly releasable if release would compromise the ability to file for intellectual property protection on any invention arising from the data.
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