As of January 18, all grant applications to the National Science Foundation (NSF) must append a two-page maximum “data management plan” for data arising from the research process. Additional information can be found at:
What is a data management plan?
The NSF’s released guidelines expect grant applicants to explain:
1. Types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
2. Standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
3. Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
4. Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives;
5. Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.
Any NSF directorate may issue guidelines that supersede those listed above.