NIH (and many others) believe that data sharing accelerates and improves science. After several years of iterative feedback, NIH’s new Data Management and Sharing Policy goes into effect for grants submitted January 25, 2023 and thereafter. This policy means that as of January 25, 2023, investigators applying for NIH funding must:
- Plan and
- Submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan outlining how scientific data and any accompanying metadata will be managed and shared, taking into account any potential restrictions or limitations.
- Comply with the Data Management and Sharing plan approved by the funding Institute or Center (IC).
What is a Data Management and Sharing Plan?
What you write in this Plan is what you’ll be expected to do. NIH expects any changes or deviation from the Plan will be discussed with your Program Officer. They have assembled FAQs here, and we’ll summarize the most common questions below.
Do I really have to share data? Which data? When? How?
Templates and Examples
- NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan Draft Template
- Example Plan (Human Subject Research)
- Example Plan (High Risk Human Subject Research)
Your Plan must reflect the details in your proposal, so examples are provided only in order to help investigators see what a strong Plan looks like. Do not copy the text verbatim.
Note that earlier iterations of NIH’s data sharing policy (2003-2023) required a paragraph describing data sharing activities for grants >$500,000, but the new policy means the description must be more detailed and must accompany any application for research that will generate data, regardless of funding level.
Plan Review (Optional)
The Research Data Service provides fast, free, and confidential feedback on draft Plans. We work with library-based subject experts so that our feedback incorporates disciplinary and data management expertise. Send us your draft Plan, a link to the funding announcement, and the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) deadline by email or filling out this form. If you’ve created your Plan in the DMPTool, then select the “Request Feedback” option on the last page of your template to contact us for a review.