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Data Management for the Sciences

A guide to best practices for management of research data, including links to data services from the University of California.

Links to Funding Agencies Guidelines


The NSF strengthened its data sharing policy in January 18, 2011, when it began requiring all grant proposals to include a two-page data management plan. Guidelines are available online. Specific NSF directorates, offices, divisions, programs, or other units may impose additional data management requirements.


The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

For more information on how to comply with the NIH Public Access policy, please see the NIH Public Access Policy research guide.