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Data Management Plan for NIFA-Funded Research, Education, and Extension Projects

NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture. Increased access to scientific research results (i.e. scholarly publications, digital data sets); education (i.e. curriculum and training products, number of students graduated); and extension (i.e. outreach materials, number of stakeholders’ reached) data from NIFA-funded projects is critical to achieving NIFA’s vision to catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges. Therefore, an appropriate data management plan (DMP) should be a core component of the research, education, and extension planning for applications submitted to NIFA.

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2019, NIFA is requesting DMPs for all competitive grants programs.

  • Data Management Plan for Research, Education, and Extension Projects document (see below) provides guidance for the requested DMP in the respective Request for Applications.
  • Data Management Plan FAQs document (see below) provides frequently asked questions from applicants on the DMP requirement for applications.
  • Implementation of Data Management Plan Training video (see below) provides the DMP requirement, including DMP in review criteria, and handling DMP during review process, award processing and post-award management for panel managers and program staff.


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