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 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, new grant proposals must include a supplementary data management plan of no more than 2 pages. Need help? See our pages on writing a data management plan and other guides to data management.
- 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 information on requirements for other kinds of research output (i.e., research papers, article manuscripts), see the MIT Libraries’ page on Research Funder Policies.