May 11, 2012

Have proposals been rejected because of an unacceptable data management plan? Or do agencies work with the PI to improve a data management plan if they find the proposal worth funding?

Since the NSF data management plan requirement is relatively new, we cannot be sure how it will be applied. According to the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, “The data management plan will be reviewed as an integral part of the proposal, coming under Intellectual Merit or Broader Impacts or both, as appropriate for the scientific community of relevance.”

This implies that the quality of the data management plan will affect the success of a proposal. ICPSR believes that an effective data management plan enhances the value of a research project.