Data Management Plan for SBE Proposals and Awards

May 15, 2018

Proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan” (DMP).  This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.  Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.  NSF’s general data sharing policy and data management plan requirements are available at

The SBE Directorate has additional background and guidance for proposals submitted to SBE programs. Please see Data Management for SBE Directorate Proposals and Awards for detailed information concerning this policy. Some SBE programs have specific requirements in addition to the directorate's requirements. Please check the program's webpage, and direct questions to your program officer.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, its budget is $8.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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