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Research Data Management Resources

Data management best practices, funder mandates, data sharing options, and local resources for research data management.

Data Management Plans

Data Management Plans are required components for some grant proposals that outline how the principle investigators will manage and share their primary research data. Agencies that have policies governing the management and sharing of data include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • National Institutes of Health

No two data management plans will ever be the same! Each project is unique and therefore its strategy for managing and sharing data will also be unique.

NIH Data Sharing Plans

The NIH requires a Data Sharing Plan for all grant applications seeking awards of $500,000 or more. Data Sharing Plans should describe how final research data will be shared, or explain why they can not be. Specific components that Data Sharing Plans should address include a description of the data products that will be shared, how they will be shared (modes of sharing), with whom, and when. 

Create a Data Management Plan


The DMPTool is a free service that lets you create data management plans for specific funding agencies. 

eScholarship@UMassChan for Data Sharing and Preservation

If you are UMass Chan Medical School faculty member preparing a Data Sharing Plan, consider our Institutional Repository, eScholarship@UMassChan as a sustainable, managed platform for resource sharing, including data. The template language below can be used to describe the repository service in grant proposals. Contact us for more information about eScholarship and how the library can help you share data.

*NIH expects that Data Sharing Plans will be implemented when proposals are awarded. Contact us so we can help you implement a Data Sharing Plan. 

eScholarship@UMassChan is an open access digital repository managed by the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library. eScholarship facilitates knowledge and resource sharing of [name of your project] by collecting and organizing its research products, including posters, research and outreach products, and [...] supported publications. eScholarship provides long-term stable URLs for access to content and is broadly indexed by Google and other search engines, maximizing readership and impact of [...] products. Further, eScholarship not only facilitates discovery of [...] products, but also provides long-term preservation of these products, ensuring their accessibility beyond the grant cycle.