The National Science Foundation requires grant proposals to include a data management plan of no more than 2 pages. The questions below are for prospective NSF awardees to consider when drafting an NSF Data Management Plan according to the general NSF requirements. Keep in mind that your particular NSF division or unit may have its own guidelines. For more information see Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results and NSF's Data Management & Sharing FAQ.
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 providing persistent access