Office of Sponsored Programs

Data Management Plans

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP) .  This 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.  For more information about this new requirement, please see the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j and the Data Management and Sharing Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs).

Collaborative proposals only need one Data Management Plan; the lead institution is responsible for uploading that document into Fastlane.

Please note: Several Directorates have provided additional guidance for Data Management Plans that are to submitted to their programs:

Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)
Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)
Education & Human Resources Directorate (EHR)
Engineering Directorate (ENG)
Geosciences Directorate (GEO)
Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)

Mathematical & Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS):
Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Division of Chemistry (CHE)
Division of Materials Research (DMR)
Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Division of Physics (PHY)

The Office of Sponsored Programs discourages the use of a universal Data Management Plan template as each plan should be individually crafted to address project-specific data management needs. However, we offer several resources. The Office of Sponsored Programs can provide you with a sample of a discipline-specific Data Management Plan. In addition, the following will help you create your Data Management Plan:

Questions to address in your Data Management Plan
Customizable Data Management Plan

Rowan Infrastructure
The following information may be included in your Data Management Plans to explain storage specifications, backup capability, and disaster recovery for data stored on Rowan University network:

The Rowan Enterprise SAN environment consists of a tiered storage architecture with two data centers: The South Data Center and the North Data Center.

In each data center there is an Enterprise storage system with a built-in tiering architecture.  This storage system is an HP 3PAR Storserv 7400 containing 3 tiers of distinct storage. The first, or Tier-1, storage is SSD (solid state disk). This tier is primarily for database applications that perform OLTP transactions where high performance is critical.

Tier-2 is comprised of 10K FC (SAS) disks for storage of data that gets frequent use but doesn’t require the performance of the very expensive Tier-1.  

Tier-3 is made up of 7K SATA drives, referred to as Near Line (NL). Tier-3 storage is for data that is used less frequently or archived.   This storage platform assigns data to its proper tier internally (auto tiering).

Tier-4 storage is comprised of tape backups performed daily using HP Data Protector. There are redundant tape libraries and backup software hosts, one in each data center.

If a data center is lost, services and applications can be restored in the other data center.  For additional disaster recovery, tape restores can be performed from the tape backup library.

The following websites provide additional information:
Rutgers University Libraries Data Management
MIT Libraries Data Management Plans
Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans
Data Management Plans