The DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management.


To access WVU private templates and custom guidance, you must create an account using your WVU email address (;;

Fill out the account information including creating a password (use one other than your WVU account password) and make sure to select West Virginia University ( as your institution and click Sign up.

This will take you to the WVU DMPTool landing page. In the upper-right hand corner click on your name and use the drop down menu to select 3rd party applications. Click the "Link to your institutional credentials."

You will then be promoted to login through the SSO, or if you have already logged in on the web browser you will see the SSO login briefly run. The next time you login to DMPTool you will see the option "Sign in with Institution (SSO)."


Visit the DMPTool LibGuide for more information.


Jonah McAllister-Erickson

Scholarly Communications Librarian


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