Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
The HSHSL is a part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore | My UMB The Elm UM Shuttle Blackboard
Library Logo

601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore MD 21201-1512

Reference: 410-706-7996
Circulation: 410-706-7928

Research Data Management: Develop a Data Management Plan (DMP)

Managing, preserving, and sharing research data.

Develop a Data Management Plan (DMP)

A Data Management Plan (DMP) outlines how a researcher plans to handle data during the research life cycle. DMPs should include a description of:

  • Types of data that will result from the research
  • Standards and metadata that will be used to organize and describe the data
  • How data will be accessed, stored, and shared
  • Policies and provisions for reuse of the data
  • Plans for the long term storage of the data

The DMPTool is a free web-based service that guides researchers through the process of developing a data management plan that meets specific funder requirements.


If you need assistance with a data management plan or using the DMPTool, schedule a consultation with a member of our Research Data Management Services team.

Funder DMP Requirements

Funders such as the NSF and NIH are increasingly asking grant applicants to submit data management plans, with the intent to improve sharing, reproducibility, and discovery.  Details about funder requirements can be found here:

Sample DMPs