The DMPTool NIH DMSP Templates Project




Research data management, Data management and sharing plans, DMPTool, NIH grant compliance, NIH data management and sharing plans


The DMPTool NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) Templates Project was launched in response to the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. This new policy introduced a more structured framework for DMS Plans, featuring six key elements, a departure from the 2003 NIH DMS policy. The project aimed to simplify the process for data librarians, research administrators, and researchers by providing a template with curated guidance, eliminating the need to navigate various policies and guidelines. The template breaks out each Plan section and subsection and provides related guidance and examples at the point of need.

This effort has resulted in two NIH DMSP Templates. The first is a generic template (NIH-Default) for all ICs, complying with NOT-OD-21-013 and NOT-OD-22-198. More recently, an NIMH-specific template (NIH-NIMH) was added based on NOT-MH-23-100. As of October 2023, over 5,000 DMS Plans have been written using the main NIH-Default template and the NIH-NIMH alternative template.

Author Biographies

Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Data Librarian/Associate Professor, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Seonyoung Kim, Washington University in St. Louis

Senior Support Scientist in Data Management and Sharing Services Group of Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Katy Smith, Saint Louis University

Health Sciences Librarian, Medical Center Library, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO






Virtual Project