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NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Guidance

Templates, Tools, Sample Plans

Fillable Form

NIH has developed an optional DMS Plan format page as a fillable Word doc. The page aligns with the recommended Elements of a DMS Plan.

Writing tip: do not include hypertext (e.g., hyperlinks and URLs) in the DMS Plan attachment. The hyperlink policy applies to DMS Plans as well, and NIH may withdraw your application from consideration if you include them.

Sample Plans

NIH Sample Plans

When consulting sample plans, remember to also check guidance specific to your Institute or FOA.

Sample Plan(s) and Link Notes and Comments
NIH Sample DMS Plans Sample plans from different research scenarios (clinical data, genomic data, secondary analysis, survey data, etc.) and from various NIH Institutes/Centers

DMPTool Template

DMPTool is a fillable template that walks researchers through completing a plan that complies with funder requirements and has links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and data management best practices resources.

Log into DMPTool with your UVA Netbadge and gain access to data management plan templates, including one for the 2023 NIH Data Sharing Plan.


NIH issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Read more at, but in short, under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan

To have a librarian review your DMS plan, please complete this request form.

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