Funder requirements

In order to promote open access to research data, many funding agencies require research data produced as part of a funded project to be made publicly available. Many agencies have instituted requirements for data sharing and formal data management plans, including, but not limited to:

  • New! The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has released draft of the DOD Public Access Plan, which requires that all proposals for research funding include a data management plan outlining how data underlying publications will be managed and shared. In addition, the DOD will require deposit of metadata for each data set to a new data catalog at the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).
  • New! The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requires that all proposals for research funding include a data management plan that outlines how data underlying publications will be managed and shared. For full details see the NASA Public Access Plan.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy requires that all proposals for research funding submitted to the Office of Science include a Data Management Plan, beginning October 1, 2014. Detailed requirements are available from their website.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Data Management Plan Requirements: As an extension of the NSF Data Sharing Policy, grant proposals must include a data management plan of no more than 2 pages describing how all data resulting from the research will be managed and deposited in a repository. Data underling research papers must also comply with publisher data sharing policies. Note: requirements may evolve in line with the NSF Public Access Plan.
  • National Institutes of Health: Data Sharing Policy: Supports the sharing of research data and expects researchers funded at $500,000 or more to include a data sharing plan in their grant proposals.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities requires data management plans as a part of grant applications for proposals and awards.

For information regarding other agencies, check the funding agency’s website or email us for help.

For help in writing these plans, see our guidance on data management plans and contact us for individual assistance at

For information on requirements for other kinds of research output (i.e., research papers, article manuscripts), see the MIT Libraries’ page on Research Funder Policies.