Meeting NSF Data Policy Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides a brief  Division of Ocean Sciences Data and Sample Policy (2004) outline. This policy applies specifically to the NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences. Other NSF program policies may differ.

All Principle Investigators (PIs) receiving NSF Division of Ocean Sciences grant money are required to share their data. This should be done as soon as possible, but must be done no later than two years after the data is collected. In addition, as of October 2011, NSF has a new requirement that all proposals must include a two-page data management plan.

Data must be submitted to the appropriate National Data Center relevant to your area of research (see list below), and data are to be submitted according to formats and via the media designated by each national center. If no appropriate data center exists, principal investigators must develop an alternative means to share their data.

National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

    Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC

    Suggested Citation

    Gale, A., Stocks, K. 2010. "Meeting NSF Data Policy Requirements." In The MMI Guides: Navigating the World of Marine Metadata. Accessed July 16, 2020.