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Grant proposal needs a data management plan? DMPTool can help.

DMPTool logoMany grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the University Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool. Since Fall 2013, researchers at UT have had access to the DMPTool, which walks researchers step-by-step through the process of writing a data management plan (DMP) for their grant proposal. The DMPTool incorporates data management planning requirements from a range of funding agencies.

Now, version 2 of the DMPTool is available with many new enhancements. It supports new data management plan requirements from US Geological Survey and US Department of Energy. DMP templates from other agencies will be added as they publish their DMP requirements in response to the White House’s mandate that all agencies with R&D expenditures greater than $100 million make plans to make research data publicly available.

Many projects involve multiple research partners at different institutions. The DMPTool now supports adding collaborators to your data management plan. Additionally, you can share your plan with others and even submit it for review and feedback by UT’s Data Curation Librarian through DMPTool prior to submitting your proposal.

For more information on the DMPTool or assistance working through a DMP, visit the Libraries’ Data Management Guide (libguides.utk.edu/datamanagement), or contact Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian (ceaker@utk.edu, 974-4404).