Data Management Plans, templates & examples

Data Management Plans help to critically think about how research data will be handled, and to establish good research practices.

What is a Data Management Plan?
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document, written before the start of a research project, in which various aspects of data management during and after the project are outlined. It makes you think carefully about the processes of collecting, storing, describing and preserving your research data. A DMP helps you to

  • reduce data loss;
  • keep track of your research progress more efficiently;
  • prepare your research data for future use (e.g. data publication, verification purposes or reuse of your data by others);
  • comply with ethical guidelines and institutional, funder and journal requirements
  • and to save a lot of time during and when finishing your project.

As such, the WUR data policy requires all PhD candidates and Chair Groups to have a DMP.  

Requirements of the Wageningen Graduate Schools
The exact requirements for a PhD candidate on how to submit a DMP differs between the Wageningen Graduate Schools. Once PhD candidates have created their DMP, it becomes an appendix to their research proposal and may be reviewed by the Wageningen Graduate Schools.

For PhD candidates and postdocs, the Graduate Schools offer a Research Data Management course, which is organised by WUR Library and given four times a year. This course covers various aspects of data management, but also how to fill in a DMP.

Requirements from funders
More and more funders require for researchers to write a data management section in their research proposals. When a proposal has been awarded funding, this section has to be developed into a DMP.

DMPonline, an online tool for researchers to create, edit and share a DMP, offers a range of funder DMP templates (e.g. from NWO, ERC and ZonMw). DMPonline is available to WUR researchers and enables you to easily:

  • write your plan and update it throughout the lifecycle of your project,
  • share your plan with internal and external collaborators,
  • share your plan with the Data Desk to request feedback
  • and download your plan in a variety of formats.

Go to, create an account and log in with your WUR credentials.  

How to get started
Wageningen University & Research provides a DMP format that you can use. To give you an impression of a completed DMP go to the following examples: individual DMP 1, individual DMP 2, Chair Group DMP.

If you have questions or if you would like to get feedback on your DMP, contact the Data Desk.