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 the DLS funder guidelines, or the DCC's overview of funder's data policies.

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

UCT DMPonline

UCT's DMPonline templates contain detailed information on formulating your own research data management plan. It provides funder and departmental guidance tailored to specific Data Management Planning (DMP) requirements and allows you to share your plan easily with collaborators, as well as export your document in a variety of formats.

It is important to establish whether your funder has its own DMP requirements and a compulsory customised DMP template. Some of these are available on DMPonline.

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

Using UCT DMPonline

You will need to create an account in order to use UCT DMPonline. This can be done by clicking on the SIGN UP button on the home page.

If you require further help with your own DMP, please contact your Subject Librarian, departmental data manager, or UCT eResearch.

List of plans currently available on UCT DMPonline

Funder Specific:

  • Medical Research Council (MRC) - Full DMP
  • National Environmental Research Council (NERC) - Outline and Full DMP
  • National Science Foundation- Biological Sciences (NSF-Bio) - Full DMP

Institution/Department Specific:

  • University of Cape Town (UCT) - Full DMP (available as default option)
  • UCT Clinical Research Centre (CRC) - Full DMP (available as default option)


To add a funder-specific data management plan that is not currently available on UCT DMPonline, please contact Erika Mias.