Writing a data management plan

Most major research funders require some form of documentation at the application stage, to explain how research data will be managed.

Applicants are asked to describe any research data they intend to create, how data will be stored during the lifetime of a project and how valuable data will be shared after the project has ended. Applicants are also asked to say how much research data management will cost.

For further information see our guides: Anticipating the cost of research data management (PDF, 522 kB) and Research data evaluation guide (PDF, 657 kB).

Useful tools

DMPonline is a platform for creating data management plans. We provide the Using DMPonline University of Bristol templates guide (PDF, 2000 kB) for Bristol researchers who intend to use it. You can also ask the Research Data Service to review your plan from within DMPOnline using the 'Request feedback' button or by adding data-bris@bristol.ac.uk as a collaborator (both options are available under the 'Share' tab). 

UK and international funder policies at a glance

The key data management requirements of the major UK and international funders are shown in the dropdowns below, and more detailed planning guides are available at the bottom of the page.

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