Research Data Management

From 1 January 2019, the FWF requires a data management plan (DMP) supplemental to all approved grant proposals. A DMP outlines how the data for a specific project will be collected, organised, stored, backed-up, preserved, shared, archived and disposed.

The FWF has defined a minimum set of questions that comprise the DMP and that are to be addressed in the DMP template. The FWF DMP is in line with Science Europe’s “Core Requirements for Data Management Plans”.


The FWF recognises that some projects will not generate or analyse research data 1 and similar materials. In these cases, a short explanation is required (see DMP template(pdf, 817KB) / DMP template(docx, 35KB)).


The DMP must be submitted together with the public relations (PR) abstracts and the FWF Funding Agreement once the FWF Board has approved a grant contribution. The DMP is a prerequisite for the start of the project and will be checked for completeness by the FWF. It must be written in the same language as the grant proposal. The DMP should only contain the most important information and must not exceed a length of 10,000 characters (including spaces). If further information is necessary, it can be provided by links to external sources.

The DMP is to be viewed as a living document that can be modified throughout the project. Any changes made to the DMP should be documented, and its final version must be included in the final grant report.


Within grant proposals, costs for the preparation, archiving, open access and later use of research data in repositories can be requested. For further information, see the application guidelines for grant proposals.

DMP Template

The Data Management template can be downloaded here:

Sample DMPs

Digital Curation Centre (DCC):  


Katharina Rieck

1 For a definition of research data and similar materials, see: Concordat on Open Research Data (2016)