Funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) now require grant seekers to include a Data Management Plan (DMP) with their research proposals. A DMP is a supplementary document—usually of no more than two pages—that describes how you will disseminate and share your research results over the course of the proposed project.
Specifications for what to include in a DMP vary depending on the nature of the research and the discipline, as well as on the funding agency requirements.
For information on funding agency requirements, see our Data Management Guide.
The University of North Texas is a Contributing Institution for the DMPTool. The DMPTool is a service of the University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library. It helps researchers create ready-to-use data management plans that meet the requirements of specific funding agencies.
Here's a Quick Start Guide to help get you started.
To log in as a UNT faculty, staff, or student:
1. Click on the Get Started button on the DMPTool Home page.
2. Select University of North Texas from the dropdown list
3. Log-in or create a new account
4. Begin your DMP
The DMPTool includes step-by-step guidance on what to include in your data management plan. These guidelines can be customized for a number of specific funding agencies by using the appropriate template for your funding agency. If yours isn't listed, you can check the agency's website or grant guidelines before beginning your DMP. Once you have answered all relevant questions, you can download your DMP.
The UNT Libraries offer two digital repositories for preserving and providing access to your research work:
- The UNT Data Repository is a central archive to provide long-term preservation and access to your research data.
- UNT Scholarly Works serves as our universities' institutional repository and houses the publications, reports, and scholarly research output.
We also have boilerplate text that can be included in your DMP that states how our repository services can meet the need of preserving and providing access to your research.
If you have questions or need help with the DMPTool, please contact: Douglas.Burns2@unt.edu