Data Management

Guidelines Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan generally contains information on the following topics:

  1. Types of data that will be generated
  2. Data and metadata standards
  3. Policies for data access and sharing
  4. Data storage and preservation of access

There are many different Data Management Plan guidelines and templates. Exact data management requirements and conditions differ per funding agency, journal or institution. An overview of the most important guidelines is given below.

Data Management Plan - Guidelines, Policies, Paragraphs



Extensive guidelines for writing a Data Management Plan for scientific research, including a DMP-checklist, are provided by DANS. DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

The 4TU Centre for Research Data focusses on technical studies and offers a template to help setup a Data Management Plan. The template can be found here

Please also check the University of Twente template which can be opened or downloaded at the right side of this screen.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is a European Commission programme that finances and stimulates European research and innovation projects. Applicants and recipients of subsidies can find the Data Management Policy in the document Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020. A handy tool to write a Data Management Plan that meets the Horizon 2020 policy, you can use the tool DMP Online.


ZonMW, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, promotes health research and innovation. ZonMW stimulates re-use of existing datasets and accessibility of new data sets. Checklists for writing a Data Management Plan or a Data Paragraph (in Dutch) can be found at their website in the report “Data: Digitale Diamanten” (2013). However, since March 2017 a new guideline have been published by ZonMW which may be preferred choice now: ‘Instructions for composing a ZonMw data management plan (Dutch / English version).

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The policy of KNAW, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, focuses on open access and digital preservation of research data. Research proposals should include a “data paragraph” containing information on data management.


NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, funds research programmes and manages the national knowledge infrastructure. NWO stimulates permanent archiving and re-use of research data. To receive funding, researchers are required to sign a data contract with DANS. More information on NWO regulation on granting can be found here and information on the datamanagement protocol NWO here.

Please let us know if you have any additional Data Management Guidelines, so we can add them to this overview.