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Federal and non-profit funding agencies are increasingly implementing more stringent data management and sharing policies. These policies require investigators to share research data produced during the funded project. Each agency has its own mandate and specifications, but the overarching goal remains the same: make research data discoverable and accessible.

To meet the requirements described in funding agency data sharing policies, investigators must first and foremost plan for and describe how they will collect, store, and share their research outputs at the time of publication or at the end of the project in a data management and sharing plan (DMSP).

Data sharing policies and DMSPs are not entirely new to the funding landscape; however, they may be new to some investigators. Whether you are experienced in writing data management and sharing plans or you are just learning about what is involved, RDMC is here to support you.