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NSF Data Management Plan Instructions

National Science Foundation proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan.” This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results, and may include:

  • the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
  • the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies)
  • policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  • policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
  • plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them

Beginning in January 2011 UTK proposal developers should upload data management plans in Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange, the campus digital showcase and archive hosted by the University Libraries.

  1. Go to http://trace.tennessee.edu/.
  2. Select Submit Items to Trace from left navigation bar.
  3. Select National Science Foundation Data Management Plans.
  4. Read the instructions and the submission agreement, and check the box at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Complete the metadata template and upload the 2-page data management plan.
  6. See more information in the About Trace section in the navigation bar.

Draft December 3, 2010