NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy - Effective for New and Competing Applications due on/after January 25, 2023.

When is the NIH DMS plan required?

The data management plan (historically only required for proposals requesting more than $500K in direct costs annually or projects generating genomic data) is now required in most NIH applications.

DMS Policy Applies* DMS Policy Does Not Apply
  • Research Projects
  • Some Career Development Awards (Ks)
  • Small Business (SBIR/STTR)
  • Research Centers
  • Training  (T)
  • Fellowships (F)
  • Construction (C06)
  • Resources (Gs)
  • Research Related Infrastructure Programs (S06)

 What is required under this new policy?

  • Include Budget Request for Data Management and Sharing costs in NIH grant application
  • Submit Data management and Sharing Plan with NIH application
  • Adhere to NIH-approved Data Management and Sharing Plan when funded

What resources are available?

Data Plan Resource Document

NIH DMS Plan Template

NIH Data Sharing Summary

Why is there a new policy? 

 To promote the sharing of scientific data. NIH states:

“Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.  As a steward of the nation’s investment in biomedical research, NIH has long championed policies that make research available to the public to achieve these goals.”

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