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Research Data Management Plans

A data management plan (DMP) is a document or a paragraph in your research proposal in which you describe:

  • what data you plan to collect during your research project;
  • how you are going to store and manage the data during the project;
  • how the data will be managed after the project is finished.
DMP requirements for public funding organisations
For more information please visit the LCRDM website

Why do you need a DMP?

A data management plan (or paragraph) makes research data management concrete and practicable: what are you going to do and how?

It saves you time, work and money: by elaborating the management of research data at an early stage, you reduce the chances of having to face unpleasant surprises later in your research.
You may also need planning to have computer facilities like network storage or specific hardware at your disposal.

Nowadays, most funding agencies, such as NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) or ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development), ask for specific research data management plans as part of a granted research project.

For a  research proposal with NWO and FOM you have to answer 4 questions in a Data Management Chapter.

For a granted NWO project the DMP template has changed by January 2020. Also your DMP has to be completed in consultation with the RDO.
Read more on the NWO website.
For support on this you are very welcome, just send us an email: researchdata

Also your own Institute or Faculty will probably have a policy regarding research data that your DMP should comply with, please check this.

What does a DMP include?

  • What data are you going to collect? What type of data or what file formats?
  • Where and how will you store your data? What backup methods and procedures do you use?
  • How are you going to organise and describe your data?
  • Who can access your data, will the archived data become available to others?
  • If there is an embargo, how are you going to manage access?
  • What data will be archived when the project is finished? Where and for how long?
  • Who owns the data? Who is responsible for the management of your data?
  • Is there a provision for the means necessary to implement this plan?


Do you need help with your DMP? Please email the Research Data Office at: researchdata

An information video about a DMP: The What, Why and How of Data Management Planning (external link to RDNL)

Step-by-step plan and more useful information, with a focus on Social Sciences:  CESSDA ERIC Expert Tour Guide (external link to CESSDA)

Last modified:16 December 2019 4.51 p.m.