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DMPTool for SMHS data management and sharing plans

Are you applying for a research grant in 2024? To maximize the sharing of scientific data, best practices for research data now include a data management and sharing plan (DMP). If you’re applying for an NIH grant, the new federal Policy for Data Management and Sharing (NOT-OD-21-013: Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing) requires that you create a plan and include it with your application. This applies to “all research funded or conducted by NIH that results in the generation of scientific data.”

Follow these steps to create a plan that follows University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) best practices:

  1. Access the DMPTool. (
  2. Create an account using your email address.
  3. Select University of North Dakota ( from the Institution dropdown menu to connect your account to customized DMP templates and other UND content.
  4. To begin your first plan, click the Create plan button.
  5. On the next screen, provide the basic information requested. Depending on the Funder you select, a list of templates may appear (e.g. NIH Default DMSP). Additional template options will be available on the next screen if your funder doesn’t provide templates.
  6. Click Create.
  7. Now you will see a screen with a horizontal menu. Complete the Project Details and select guidance options on the right side of the screen. In the future, UND and/or SMHS will have customized templates listed in the full list. At this time, select DMPT tool and your funding agency, if it appears in the list of options. Alternately, select any other institution(s) with which you are familiar to view their customized.
  8. Navigate through each of the tabs to complete your plan.
  9. Upload the .pdf of your finalized DMSP to submission platform (i.e. ASSIST,,, etc.).
  10. Congratulations!

Note that this is only a partial set of directions. More information about all of the above can be found on the Grants Management website.