Managing research data – through activities such as dissemination and archiving – is a component of sponsored research that has been required by NSF and NIH for a number of years.
Data Management Sharing Policies
Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.”
On February 22, 2013, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memorandum to Federal departments and agencies detailing the Administration’s commitment to increase access to the results of Federally funded scientific research. The full memorandum can be found here. The take-away from this memo is that in the near future, every Federal agency will require a data management plan (DMP) as part of the proposal process for Federal research funding.
In an effort to assist the development of good data management plans, USU researchers now have access to the DMPTool.