Data acquisition, processing, and storage are part of the requirements of the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) and the Western Tri-State Consortium activities. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the current NM EPSCoR project focuses on science research into the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources by investing in the state’s research infrastructure, cyber-infrastructure, and human infrastructure. The Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico is in the process of ingesting data and metadata from these activities. This case study presents the life cycle of NM EPSCoR data management utilized by EDAC. Each step in this life cycle, starting from receiving contact info for principal investigators from NM EPSCoR state office to notifying researchers that their data has been uploaded, are illustrated. Current problems and matching suggestions for each step are also discussed.