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Nov 13 / Katherine Akers

Applying for federal funding? You probably need a data management plan.

Since 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has required researchers to include a data management plan in their grant proposals that describes how research data will be managed during the project and shared with others after the project. These days, it’s not just the NSF that requires a data management plan. Rather, all federal granting agencies with an annual budget of over $100 million now require or will soon require a data management plan. Here’s a non-exhaustive list:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Veterans Administration (VA)

Department of Education (ED)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

US Geological Survey (USGS)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food and Drug Association (FDA)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Are you are planning to apply for funding from one of these agencies? Would you like assistance with creating a strong data management plan? If so, contact Research Data Services of the WSU Library System at