NSF to Ask Every Grant Applicant for Data Management Plan
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"Scientists seeking funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will soon need to spell out how they plan to manage the data they hope to collect. It's part of a broader move by NSF and other federal agencies to emphasize the importance of community access to data....NSF's current policy requires grantees to share their data within a reasonable length of time so long as the cost is modest. "That's nice, but it doesn't have much teeth," said [Edward Seidel, acting head of NSF's mathematics and physical sciences directorate]. Under the new policy, which is expected to be unveiled this fall, a researcher would submit a data management plan as a two-page supplement to any regular grant proposal. That would make it an element of the merit review process. NSF wants to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to the issue...."