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NWO DMP assessment rubric

  • 1. NWO
  • 1. TU Delft
  • 2. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
  • 3. Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University Libraries
  • 4. VU Amsterdam
  • 5. LUMC


This is an assessment rubric for DMPs following the NWO Data Management Plan template in force from January 2020, which matches the Science Europe’s Core Requirements for Data Management Plans. This rubric is intended to assist in the assessment of NWO data management plans, against the criteria required by NWO.

The rubric has been divided into 'performance criteria' (on the left hand side) that match the questions and guidance in the NWO DMP template (version January 2020). Each performance criterion is followed by descriptions (‘performance levels’) outlining what NWO considers to be a sufficient and an insufficient level of response. The descriptions are intended as examples of how the performance criteria might be addressed, based on the DMP template and its respective guidance, and are not considered to be exhaustive. NWO encourages researchers to be as detailed as possible in completing data management plans for NWO-funded projects.

This rubric is inspired by and based on the Wellcome DMP assessment rubric v2.0 ( and the Ghent University rubrics for DMPs (


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  • Marta Teperek, Ben Mollitt, John Southall, & Mary Donaldson. (2017, January 23). Wellcome DMP assessment rubric v2.0. Zenodo.
  • Schipper, Pieter, Cruz, Maria, & de Jonge, Hans. (2019). NWO Data Management Plan Template. Zenodo.