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Research Data Management: Funder Requirements

Information for researchers on data management.


Research funders increasingly require that the results (publications, data and other products) of the research they fund be made publicly accessible. For example, the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) issued a memo in February 2013 directing all federal agencies with more than $100 million in R&D expenditures to develop plans to ensure public access to research data and publications. Subsequently, the office issued updated guidance requiring such access without embargo for all publicly funded research and underlying data.  Press Release, Aug 2022.  |  Memo

Requirements related to data involve submission of a data management plan with grant proposals, and/or the public sharing of publications and data resulting from funded research. Support is available for St. Thomas researchers in meeting these requirements from the Data Services librarian.

Public access and data management policies of top University funders

The list below includes the top funders of research at St. Thomas.

Note: requirements vary within departments/directorates, and prospective PIs should always review the specific RFP/RFA/PA they're responding to when preparing a proposal.

  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)/ National Institutes of Health
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Department of Education
  • Other funders

Additional Resources

Links to and information about the policies of numerous funders are available on the submenu of this tab and from:

DMP Tool

The DMPTool provides online templates researchers can use to create data management plans. Create a free personal account and then use a generic template or one attributed to federal and nonprofit agency funders. 

Data Services Librarian

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