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Research Data Management

DMP Assistant

A data management plan is a document that describes how you will care for data over the course of the research lifecycle. Federal and non-profit granting agencies are beginning to require that you write and include a data management plan in your grant proposal. Writing a data management plan enables the researcher to think about data from a holistic perspective, by thinking about questions and scenarios before they arise. 

  • What formats will the data be in?
  • Who will be in charge of managing the data?
  • How will you describe the data?
  • What types of software will you use to analyze the data?
  • Where will you store the data during the research process?
  • How will you make the data sharable?


There are a number of excellent tools and checklists that can assist you with the data management plan writing process, including the DMP Assistant.  DMP Assistant is a bilingual online service for building data management plans with step-by-step instructions and guidance for meeting specific funding agency requirements.

For an overview of the DMP Assistant, see the DMP Primer document below (pdf).

DMP templates, examples, and exemplars

Portage DMP Templates (released spring 2021):

Portage DMP Exemplars (samples) released October 2020:

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities and Secondary Data

Mixed Methods

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Qualitative DMP Competition (2021):

Listed alphabetically by first author:



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