DMP Templates

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are important tools in research data management and are a pillar in the 2021 Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy. They are increasingly being required for funding opportunities in biomedical research. We have created these templates because we have identified a gap in resources specific to different biomedical study designs –  as each call for certain kinds of data and must therefore be treated differently. Presented below are four novel DMP templates and a worked example of each for common study designs used in biomedicine.

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Hello everyone, I’m Brian Dorus, I’m a research assistant at OHRI at the Blueprint Translational Research Group, ran by Drs. Manoj Lalu and Dean Fergusson. So I was first introduced to DMPs when I first joined our research group. We were required to build one for a multi-lab study that was funded by Sepsis Canada. So this is a preclinical study which involves several laboratories in Canada performing the exact same experiments. This would end up generating a lot of data across all these sites that needed to be managed properly. eveloping this DMP, we wanted to make sure that this data was very easily accessible and identifiable, easy to analyze to determine any significant differences across labs, why the significant differences are occurring, and develop a plan to ensure the differences don’t happen in the future. Having never done this before, I needed resources. I first took a look at the Portage Network, that provides a lot of different examples for DMPs, especially in the clinical field. I was able to take one of these and adapt towards our preclinical studies. I then asked colleagues within our group to further refine our DMP. I had also attended a 2023 Champions symposium focusing on data management, to refine even further and ask experts in the field.So after writing, I could see DMPs being very useful for preclinical projects. It helps us organize the data, archive it properly, analyze the data accordingly, and helps us comply with all the institutional and funding agencies.

Motivated by the experiences of researchers like Brian, the Metaresearch and Open Science program have created fit-forpurpose preclinical DMP templates; we no longer need to look at clinical templates and try to fit them to our preclinical work. Check out the templates and related research data management resources using the links shown here.

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Clinical Trials

Studies on human participants to evaluate the safety and effects of biomedical interventions.
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Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analysis

Syntheses of evidence and/or data on a defined topic following a detailed and comprehensive search plan.
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Preclinical Animal Studies

Studies on animal models to evaluate biomedical interventions before testing on human participants.
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Genomic Data

Studies analyzing the genetic factors influencing health and disease
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Randomized Clinical Trials

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Last updated: 2024-04-02

Examples were extracted from a fictional trial and the template was adapted from the Portage general template – https://dmp-pgd.ca/template_export/878086536.pdf

The individuals involved in the development of this template include Dr. Anna Catharina V. Armond, Dr. David Moher, Dr. Florian Naudet, Dr. Dean Fergusson, Dong Vo, and Dr. Kelly D. Cobey.

Next steps: community consultation.

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Pairwise Systematic Reviews

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Last updated: 2024-03-28

The template was adapted from the Portage DMP template for Systematic reviews. Examples were extracted from Beck, A., LeBlanc, J.C., Morissette, K. et al. Screening for depression in children and adolescents: a protocol for a systematic review update. Syst Rev 10, 24 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01568-3

The individuals involved in the development of this template include Dr. Anna Catharina V. Armond, Dr. David Moher, and Dr. Kelly D. Cobey.

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Pre-Clinical Animal Studies

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Last updated: 2024-03-28

Examples were created for a project to develop a treatment loaded biocellulose duraplasty as a potential treatment for stroke.

The individuals involved in the development of this template include Dr. Anna Catharina V. Armond, Brian Dorus, Meredith Conboy, Dr. Forough Jahandideh, Dr. Manoj Lalu, and Dr. Kelly D. Cobey.

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Genomic Study

Download guidance (.docx)

Last updated: 2024-03-28

Examples were extracted from a fictional study and the template was adapted from the Portage general template – https://dmp-pgd.ca/template_export/878086536.pdf

The individuals involved in the development of this template include Dr. Anna Catharina V. Armond, Dr. Theodore J. Perkins, Dr. Michael Hoffman, and Dr. Kelly D. Cobey.

Next steps: community consultation.

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