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June 29 , 2022

In March 2021, Canada’s federal granting agencies — the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) — launched the Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy.

One of the policy requirements is that applicants to certain funding opportunities will need to submit data management plans (DMPs) with their applications. The agencies are pleased to announce the initial funding opportunities that will require applicants to submit DMPs:


  • Network Grants in Skin Health and Muscular Dystrophy (Anticipated launch fall 2022 or early winter 2023)
  • Virtual Care/Digital Health Team Grants (Anticipated launch fall 2022 or early winter 2023)
  • Data Science for Equity (Anticipated launch fall 2022 or early winter 2023)


  • Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants - Individual and Project (Anticipated launch summer 2023)


  • Partnership Grants Stage 2 (Anticipated launch summer 2023)

The agencies are collaborating with stakeholders to co-develop resources to support applicants in preparing DMPs. Information about these resources will be provided when the funding opportunities are launched. The agencies are also exploring approaches to DMP assessment. Details on how DMPs will be considered in the adjudication process, as well as resources to support assessment of DMPs, will be provided when the funding opportunities are launched.

Further integration of the DMP requirement into agency programming will be informed by engagement with applicants, peer reviewers and other stakeholders, and will be in step with research data practices in Canada and internationally.

For more information on RDM and DMPs, consult the Frequently Asked Questions for the Tri-Agency RDM Policy or visit the RDM services page of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada.

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