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. Some funders will expect a brief outline data management plan to be submitted with a grant application and a more detailed plan to be developed after funding is secured. If you would like the Research Data Service to review your data management plan please email it to us at data-bris@bristol.ac.uk

For further information see our guides: Anticipating the costs of research data management (PDF, 350kB) and Research data evaluation guide (PDF, 313kB).

Useful tools

DMPonline is a platform for creating data management plans and provides access to templates for all the major UK and EU funding bodies.

To ask for a review of your data management plan (DMP), add data-bris@bristol.ac.uk as an editor (available under the 'Share' tab). You can also download a copy of your DMP and email it to data-bris@bristol.ac.uk.

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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