Data Management Planning Support

Are you writing a grant proposal? Most Federal and many private funding agencies now require a Data Management Plan (also called a Data Sharing Plan, or an Archiving Plan) as part of the proposal. We can help with that!

We’ll walk you through the components of a DMP for your sponsoring agency and help you identify resources you can use in your DMP. We’re happy to meet with you (email us at

The University of Virginia Library collaborated with several research institutions on the development of the DMPTool, an online application that helps researchers create effective data management plans. Version 1 of the DMPTool was released in November 2011, and with the help of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, version 2 was released on May 29, 2014.

As a UVa DMPTool user, researchers use Netbadge and their UVa Computing id to access the DMPTool. The tool provides links to local UVa resources for guidance and help while developing your Data Management Plan.

The Research Data Management team, part of the University of Virginia Library’s Research Data Services and Sciences, is available to help with Data Management Plans for all UVa researchers, whether you use the DMPTool or not, and for those who need help with data management beyond just the proposal stage.

Do you need a data management plan template?  We have a selection available with funder guidance.

Check out the DMPTool! Users of the DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements and view the latest changes to their plans. It permits the user to create an editable document for submission to a funding agency and can accommodate different versions as funding requirements change.  Or email us at to set up an appointment. Here’s a short slide deck from the DMPTool and RDM on why you should have a DMP and how to write a one with the tool.

DMPTool News

Curious about the changes that the DMPTool is implementing?  Visit the DMPRoadmap to find out more and to track their progress!

The updated DMPTool policies:

  • Privacy Policy/Terms of Use. They updated the privacy policy and terms of use, rolling them into a single, easy-to-read-and-understand package. There were no changes to the policy itself; rather they wanted to make the terms transparent to users, bring the policy language in line with DMPonline, and lay a foundation for exposing more usage data to institutional administrators. This also helps pave the way for machine-actionable DMPs.
  • Plan visibility settings. They made some related changes to revise language within the tool about plan visibility settings (see screenshots in the DMPTool section of the research guide in the News). Note that plans are no longer “private” by default. They are now asking users to choose a visibility setting at the beginning of the plan creation process. They will also be asked to confirm their choice at the end.
  • The Quick Start Guide and other portions of the Help menu have been updated to reflect these changes.

The DMPTool and their UK counterpart, the DMPonline tool, are joining hands to create a single platform for all things DMP. They have two major goals: machine-actionable data management plans and a co-developed shared code base. If you’d like to learn more, or just keep up with the project, follow the DMPTool Blog or the DMP Roadmap GitHub site.

New templates added to the DMPTool! DMP Roadmap
  • DOT
  • NASA
  • NIJ (Data Archiving Plan)
  • DoD
  • help create and maintain different versions of Data Management Plans
  • provide useful guidance on data management issues and how to meet research funders’ requirements
  • export attractive and useful plans in a variety of formats
  • allow collaborative work when creating Data Management Plans