Data management plans

A data management plan (DMP) is a structured guide which keeps a record of what research data is created and what happens to that data during and after a project. This includes information about the origin of the data and contextual information relating to the data collection process, but also about possible restrictions on access to that data, as well as later citability, long-term availability and, if necessary, deletion.

A DMP helps with planning the research process and defining responsibilities in a research project involving several researchers or institutions. This also allows to identify possible expenditure of resources at an early stage.

TU Wien DMP Tool

As a member of TU Wien, you are welcome to use the TU Wien DMP Tool, opens an external URL in a new window for the creation of data management plans. The tool guides you in 10 steps through the different sections of a DMP and supports you with questions, text suggestions, and further information. In addition, some content is automatically pre-filled with information from TISS and other TUW systems.

As a result, you receive a DMP as a Word document which can be customised and submitted to European and national research funders, for example. We aim to allow the export of templates that reflect the individual requirements of the various funding organisations. Therefore, in addition to a general version according to the recommendations of Science Europe, opens an external URL in a new window, we also provide a tabular format for FWF projects. A specific DMP version for Horizon Europe projects is currently in preparation.

Furthermore, the TU Wien DMP Tool is compatible with the RDA recommendations for machine-readable DMPs and offers the export of JSON DMPs.

For more information, please see the TU Wien DMP Tool FAQ.

Guide "How to write a data management plan (DMP)"

General tips and TU Wien-specific information for the manual preparation of a DMP can be found in our DMP handbook. Please note that you must be a member of the TU Wien and logged in to see the download button.

DMP advise

If you require further assistance in writing a DMP or would like to have your draft DMP checked, please contact us.

General guides and templates from funding bodies

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If you have any questions about data management plans, please contact us.


TU Wien DMP Tool is based on the idea of machine-actionable DMPs, the DMPs of the future.

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