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Example data management plans

  • Several research funders require a data management plan (DMP) to be submitted as part of a grant application.
  • DMPs vary in length depending on the funder requirement and the complexity of the data that will be generated; most are 1-4 pages long
  • The examples below are for illustration. Where possible, Leeds examples are used but there are also links to DMPs outside Leeds.


The Professional Career and Output of Trevor Jones : this Technical Plan was highly rated by peer reviewers. This plan is for a large project which involves digitising an archive of film music. The Technical Plan format in this document comes from an old template. The AHRC provides a list of mandatory headings for your Technical Plan.

Virtual Holocaust Memory:  data outputs from the project include several videos and a project web site. AHRC peer reviewers requested clarification about how the outputs would be looked after beyond the end of the project. The requirement was satisfied with a short letter from the RDL team with additional information about the Research Data Leeds repository service. The AHRC response underlines the importance of considering how and where data can be shared during and after your project.


Realist Evaluation of Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Programs for Men with Intellectual Disability. This plan looks at managing quantitative and qualitative data, including audio interviews. The plan discusses ethical issues around a very sensitive dataset, including using consent and anonymisation to generate data which can be shared and reused.


BBSRC proposal prepared by the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol. The Data Management Plan at Pg8 is made public with the kind permission of the applicant, Dr Christos Ioannou. 


Two plans from the Rural Economy and Land Use research project funded by the ESRC, BBSRC and NERC, with additional funding from the Scottish Government and Defra.


NSF ENG Data Management Plan: University of Michigan College of Engineering