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Data Management & Sharing: Getting

The GSU library can help you manage your working data, write data management plans for grants, and make your data accessible for future researchers.

Complying with the updated NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023)

For grant applications submitted on or after January 25, 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now require investigators and institutions to: 

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan 

What should GSU researchers who plan to submit to NIH do? 

The DMPTool - Key Tool for Writing a Data Management Plan

With the DMPTool, you can

  • Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
  • Meet requirements for data management plans
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for data management plan
  • Learn about resources and services available at your institution to fulfill the data management requirements of their grants

The DMPTool provides

  • guided help
  • customized, ready-to-use templates
  • proper formatting for your plan (including labels/headings)
  • the ability to download your final version as a text file, Word doc, or PDF to append to your grant proposal

STEP 1: Sign In to DMPTool

  1. On the DMPTool site: In the Sign In Email Address field, type your GSU email > click Continue button > click Sign in with Institution (SSO) button.
  2. You'll be routed to GSU's login page - login with your CampusID and password.
  3. You'll be routed back to the DMPTool and signed in.

STEP 2: Start a new Data Management Plan, or DMP

  1. Click the Create plan link or button to start a new DMP.
  2. Give your DMP a name.
  3. Select the appropriate primary funding organization for the grant, 
  4. AND, if applicable, specific directorate within that funding organization to make sure you are including the required headings/sections for that directorate.
  5. Click Create plan button.



STEP 3: Write Sections of your DMP, using Guidance Questions to make sure you address important points for each section.

  1. Click the Write Plan tab -- you'll see the appropriate template, with the appropriate sections, for your funding organization and, if applicable, the specific directorate within that funding organization.
  2. Be sure to look to the Guidance area for funding organization guidance but, perhaps more importantly, the DMPTool guidance tab that gives even more detailed questions/points you should consider addressing in the section.



STEP 4: Download your DMP to Word to attach to your grant proposal.

OPTIONAL: Share access to your DMP in DMPTool to collaborate on writing.


Why have a Data Management Plan?

YOU may need a Data Management Plan (DMP) or a Data Management & Sharing Plan (DMSP) because:
  • Your grant funding agency requires one.
  • You want your data to be well-organized during and after your research project.
  • You want other researchers to be able to discover, reuse, and cite your data, which is another measure of your scholarly impact.
  • You want to be transparent about your research by sharing your data and analysis process so others can replicate your findings.
  • You want your data to be preserved and archived.

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