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Managing Research Data from Start to Finish: DMPTool

This subject guide provides information on how to manage research data.



DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans (DMPs). These plans are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and data management best practices resources

  1. Sign in to the DMPTool here. 
  2. At the top right select Sign in and choose Option 1: If your institution is affiliated with DMPTool, and begin typing University of South Alabama. When prompted select University of South Alabama ( as your institution from the list.
  3. You will be prompted to complete your profile if this is your first time.
  4. Select Create New DMP from the menu. You will be presented with a number of templates to choose from.
  5. The tool will walk you through each section of the template, allowing you to edit, format, share, and preview your content online. Once your content is complete, you can Export the final version as a PDF, as a .docx, or print a hard copy.
  6. For additional assistance review the DMPTool Quick Start guide.

DMPTool Instructional Video


Additional Resources

Funding Agency Requirements in DMPTool: Templates for data management plans are based on the specific requirements listed in funder policy documents. The DMPTool maintains these templates, however, researchers should always consult the program officers and policy documents directly for authoritative guidance. Sample plans are provided by a funder or another trusted party.

Data Management and Sharing Plan Checklist for Researchers:  Developed by the NIH DMSP Guidance Working Group and intended for use while writing a Data Management and Sharing Plan for NIH grant applications. It provides guide points to be addressed during the writing process and is based on the six required elements.

Data Terms related to the NIH DMS Plan and Policy: a guide for definitions and descriptions of terms related to the sections (aka Elements) of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan.

Sample Plan created by the NIH DMSP Guidance Working Group: Converting a resource sharing plan into a DMS plan.

Connecting the DMP ID to an ORCID Record: DMPs can now be a defined work type within an ORCID record and listed on an individual’s ORCID record.