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Qualitative Data Management Plan (DMP) Competition

Data Management Plans (DMPs) play an integral role in ensuring that data are collected, organized, stored, and shared responsibly. Qualitative researchers writing such plans frequently ask for examples of excellent DMPs for qualitative research. To respond to this need, and to celebrate excellence in managing and sharing qualitative data, we are excited to announce the inaugural Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition.

If you have a DMP for a qualitative research project, you are invited to submit it for a chance to win one of 10 “outstanding qualitative DMP” awards, each of which includes a prize of $100 [1]. The competition is a joint initiative of the Qualitative Data Repository, DMPTool, and the Princeton Research Data Service.

Rules for Submission:

1. The DMP must describe a research project that is either primarily qualitative in nature, or is multi-method and qualitative data form a significant part of the project (“qualitative” is conceived broadly; see this non-exhaustive list of types of qualitative data).

2. The DMP should be about 2 or 3 single-spaced pages in length.

3. The DMP must be publicly available online. We recommend sharing the DMP directly through the DMPTool or publishing on the Zenodo platform.

4. The competition is open to DMPs from current or past proposals.

5. If the DMP was written for a particular funding opportunity, please include a link to the funder’s requirements for DMPs.

6. The author(s) must complete the submission form no later than 11:59 PM EDT March 15, 2021.

Please submit your entry through this form.

Valid submissions will be reviewed by a panel of five judges, and their evaluations will be guided by the DMP rubric from the DART Project ( We expect to notify the 10 winners via email by April 30, 2021 and publicly announce them on our websites and social media. Please contact the competition organizers at with any questions.

Our panel judges are:

- Renata G. Curty, Social Sciences Research Facilitator, UCSB Library’s Research Data Services, University of California, Santa Barbara

- Jennifer Doty, Research Data Librarian, Emory University

- Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology & Qualitative Research Librarian, University of California, Berkeley

- Megan O'Donnell, Data Services Librarian, Iowa State University

- Vicky Steeves, Research Data Management and Reproducibility Librarian, New York University Libraries


[1] Because of legal restrictions beyond our control, while anyone submitting a DMP will be considered for an award, the monetary component of the award is only available to participants who are eligible to work in the US.