On July 31, 2014 the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science issued new requirements for the management of digital research data. Those requirements are now available in the DMPTool. All proposals for research funding submitted to the Office of Science will be required to include a Data Management Plan that describes whether and how the digital research data generated in the course of the proposed research will be shared and preserved.
The new requirements were formulated in response to a February 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy directive requiring all Federal agencies over $100 million in R&D expenditures ensuring that recipients of research grant sand contract develop Data Management Plans as part of their research proposals.
The new requirements will appear in funding solicitations and invitations issued by the Office of Science beginning October 1, 2014. A statement of the new requirements, including guidance on development of a Data Management Plan, can be found on the Office of Science website at http://science.energy.gov/funding-opportunities/digital-data-management/.