[ESIP-all] Examples of federal funding opportunities that mention data management costs

John Graybeal graybeal at mbari.org
Wed Jun 10 13:47:36 EDT 2009

I am hesitant about the wording of the query. (Incidentally, I am  
exploring this question separately with the Marine Metadata 'ask'  
list, as there is at least one other organization that is considering  
this question; I will forward answers to Margot as they come in, if  
that's the right place.)

Including in the solicitation "how much they should include in their  
proposal budgets to handle data management" implies that the people  
issuing the solicitation know more about the data management  
approaches that the proposers will use, than do the proposers  
themselves. If there is a single process for submitting, archiving,  
and accessing data for all the proposers, then I understand how this  
could be the case.

If the data providers are each providing their own data management,  
then I would expect the solicitation to outline the requirements for  
that data management (must be submitted in this kind of repository,  
must include that kind of metadata, be persisted for n years, and so  
on), and then the researchers can decide how to meet those  
requirements.  The costs would vary widely depending on the chosen  
technologies and approaches.

Can you clarify whether the approach is to specify the budget, or to  
specify the requirements?  I think I can come up with a couple of  
solicitations in the latter category.


On Jun 10, 2009, at 9:27 AM, Kenneth Casey wrote:

> Dear ESIP,
> Margot Bohan (margot.bohan at noaa.gov) from NOAA's Office of  
> Exploration and Research (OER) asked me an interesting question...  
> they are getting ready to publish their annual funding announcement  
> and are interested in including in it clear, succinct guidance to  
> the PIs on how much they should include in their proposal budgets to  
> handle data management (submission, archive, access).   I was  
> wondering if any of you knew offhand of any specific ones that  
> included such guidance... Margot and the OER would find the  
> inclusion of such a statement much easier if they could base it off  
> an existing example.
> Thanks for any info you can provide!
> Ken
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