Research Data Management planning

When you prepare your postgraduate thesis or dissertation, plan a new research project, or write a funding proposal, it is a good idea to consider how you will manage your research data.

How will data be:

  • collected

  • organised

  • stored

  • made available to other users?

Your Data Management Plan (DMP) is an integral part of your research data management strategy and will help you address these issues and focus on areas that need further thought.

Submitting a DMP is a requirement of most funding agencies. You may want to view a summary of funders guidelines.

UCT’s DMP template will assist the UCT Libraries in providing you with appropriate data management and curation services, and ICTS in planning adequate storage to meet your needs.

For further assistance with writing your DMP contact the eResearch Centre.


UCT’s Data Management Plan (DMP) template contains detailed information on formulating your own research data management plan and is available on DMPonline. It allows you to share your plan easily with collaborators and to export your document in a variety of formats. This template includes a section on budgeting for the costs of your research data management.

It is important to establish whether or not your funder has its own DMP requirements and a compulsory customised DMP template. Some of these are available on DMPonline.

The UCT Clinical Research Centre (CRC) also has a comprehensive generic DMP template available on DMPonline as a default option. The guidance created by the CRC is specifically for clinical researchers at UCT.