Data Management Plans

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NASA’s Data Management Plan (DMP) expands existing policy and imposes requirements on all NASA scientific programs and intramural and extramural researchers.

Requirements:

The conceptual requirements are as follows:

  • All proposals or project plans submitted to NASA for scientific research funding will be required to include a DMP. The DMP should describe whether and how data generated through the course of the proposed research will be shared and preserved (including timeframe), or explain why data sharing and/or preservation are not possible or scientifically appropriate. At a minimum, DMPs must describe how data sharing and preservation will enable validation of published results or how such results could be validated if data are not shared or preserved.
  • DMPs must provide a plan for making research data that underlie the results and findings in peer-reviewed publications digitally accessible at the time of publication or within a reasonable time period after publication. This includes data (or how to access data) that are displayed in charts and figures. This does not include preliminary data; laboratory notebooks; drafts of scientific papers, plans for research; peer-review reports; communications with colleagues; or physical objects, such as laboratory specimens. This requirement could be met by including the data as supplementary information to the published article, through NASA archives, or other means. The published article should indicate how these data can be accessed.
  • DMPs will be reviewed as part of the overall NASA research proposal/project plan review process.
  • NASA program managers will provide guidance to proposers and awardees, as well as monitor compliance with DMPs.

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Applicability:

This NASA research data policy will apply to the following individuals:

  • all NASA employees, including full- and part-time employees; as well as support service contract employees, consultants, and temporary and special Government employees; and
  • awardees from non-NASA organizations that publish scientific research or compile digital datasets resulting from research, development, and technology programs funded through a NASA grant, contract, or other agreement. This includes but is not limited to nonprofit organizations, contractors, cooperative agreement holders, grantees, intergovernmental organizations, universities, and other educational institutions.

Additionally, the policy will apply:

  • to basic and applied scientific research across all NASA organizations;
  • to all research proposals or project plans submitted after this plan becomes effective; and
  • to both intramural and extramural research projects, regardless of the funding mechanism (grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, or internal Agency funding processes).

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Exceptions:

All researchers receiving Federal funding would be required to submit DMPs; however, in some cases, it is expected that the data will not be made public. Such data would include but are not limited to the following categories:

  • educational grants and grants to individual students;
  • work that is proprietary;
  • work that results in personally identifiable human subjects research;
  • export-controlled data;
  • Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU; Controlled Unclassified Information [CUI]) data;
  • national security classified data; and
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts

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Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NASA Unit

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NASA units, are provided below. Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on the preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

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For more information:

Read frequently asked questions on NASA’s Data Management Plan

If you have questions or need help, contact the Research Access Help Desk on our Contact Form.

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