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Writing a grant? Need a data-management plan? We can help!

Friday, April 27, 2012
Jen Ferguson
j.ferguson [at]
(617) 373-3853

Data Services is a new addition to the library’s high-end research support, and will continue to grow and expand. One new resource, DMPTool, is a good starting point for researchers.

Big Data: water wordscape by Marius B on flickr

A data-management plan (DMP) describes the data collected and generated during a research project and documents what researchers will do with that data upon completion of their project. Funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) now require researchers to submit DMPs as part of their grant proposals, and other funding agencies will likely follow suit.

Working closely with the university’s Office of Research Administration and Finance to make this piece of the grant-writing process easier for researchers, the library began a partnership with DMPTool this spring.

The web-based application gives step-by-step instructions and guidance for building a DMP and allows you to:

  • Create ready-to-use DMPs for specific grant-funding agencies including the NIH, National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities, and more than a dozen NSF directorates
  • Satisfy funder requirements for DMPs.

DMPTool also provides a convenient starting point for DMP writers, because resources such as funding agency guidelines, advice for principal investigators, and even sample DMPs are available on the site.

Over the coming months, the library will further customize DMPTool to provide data-management advice and resources tailored to local needs. To get started, click here, and create an account with your email address.

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