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How to write Data Sharing and Data Management Plans

Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and NSF, now require that grant applications contain data sharing plans as well as data management plans for projects involving data collection.

NIAID provides a sample data sharing plan from a PI with [brackets] in place of identifying information.  Use it to guide your writing and make sure to review NIH’s Key Elements to Consider in Preparing a Data Sharing Plan Under NIH Extramural Support.

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The Inter-university Consortium for
Political and Social Research (ICPSR) also provides guidance and examples of management plans to support researchers in meeting the data management requirement.  Check out the following information offered by ICPSR:

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