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Writing data management plans

Information to help you understand what a data management plan is, what your funder requires, what resources are available to help you with your plan, how to use the DMPTool to create a draft plan, and how to contact the DMP service for help with your pla


The DMP Service helps members of the Stanford University and Stanford Medicine communities who are writing data management plans or would like assistance navigating data management and sharing-related policies.

If this is you, please read the guidelines below and then fill out the request form further down on this page.

We look forward to assisting you!


Members of the DMP service will:

  • Provide their expertise in data management-related practices and strategies to help Stanford researchers create and implement data management plans that meet or exceed the expectations outlined by their funders.
  • Refer clients to other campus services and offices for questions specific to those areas.
  • Stay current on DMP requirements and changes to policies for major federal funding agencies.
  • Update the DMPTool with local guidance relevant to Stanford.
  • Provide self-service guidance for DMPs on our website.
  • Meet regularly to discuss issues related to this service.


Members of the DMP service will NOT:

  • Write DMPs on behalf of research teams of which they are not an active part.
  • Provide technical support for setting up data management systems specified in data management plans, except as part of the technical support we already provide for library-related services.
  • Create metadata.


For Stanford researchers using the DMP service we ask that you keep the following points in mind:

  • We request that you reach out to us in a timely fashion so that we can provide you with the help you need well before your grant is due.
  • We may not be able to accommodate requests made less than a week before the application is due.
  • As major grant deadlines approach, we may have many requests for this service and have a limited number of team members.
  • If you need more help, contact us early in the grant-writing process!
  • Please do not list any of our staff as responsible parties in any DMP unless express permission from that individual has been given to do so.

DMP service request form