Data management plans are not just a requirement for writing grant applications.
It is a good idea for labs and research groups to create a data management even when their project does not have to meet funder DMP requirements. "A DMP describes: how group members will handle data during the lifetime of a project; what will happen to the data when the
project is completed; and, the specific steps to be taken to thoughtfully organize, sufficiently document, securely store, responsibly share, and properly dispose of or preserve the data."
Also, data management plans are valuable for students who are working on projects towards their thesis and dissertations.
Below are some templates and checklists to help you get started on your DMP for your lab, research group, or project. You can contact the Research Data Services Librarian for help!