New NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy Overview
NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. 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.
- Effective Date: January 25, 2023
- Required for: for All New and Competing Continuation applications due ON or AFTER JANUARY 25, 2023
NOT Required for: for Existing awards or Non-Competing Continuations (RPPRs)
NIH Policy Key Points
- NIH Final Notice: NOT-OD-21-013. Also, refer to the Breakdown of Notice: NOT-OD-21-013 (PPT)
NIH expects Investigators and Institutions to:
- Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
- Submit a DMS plan (DMSP) for review when applying for funding
- Comply with the approved DMS plan
- DMSP has to be TWO PAGES or less -> new “FORMS-H” package to be used
- The DMSP is NOT part of the scoring of an application – NOT seen by peer reviewers (they may comment on budget items)
- NIH program staff will review the DMSP for acceptability and may request modifications prior to award as appropriate.
- DMSPs must be approved by the funding institute prior to award
- Include in the DMSP your proposed approach to data management & sharing
The DMSP can be updated during the course of the award/support period to reflect any changes in the management and sharing of scientific data
- new scientific direction?
- new repository option?
- timeline revision?
DMSP Policy represents the minimum requirements for the NIH
- Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)/NIH Institutes, Centers, or Offices (ICOs) may require specific data sharing requirements that are in addition to the basic policy
- NIH encourages data management and sharing practices to be consistent with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data principles
- Manage and share data as described in the approved DMSP
- Provide updates on data management and sharing activities in annual progress reports (RPPRs)
- If a DMSP changes over the course of the project, work proactively with NIH Program Officer to obtain review and approval of modifications
- Your primary resource for approaching the assembly of your DMSP can be found at the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy Overview Website
Breakdown of Information
Elements of the DMS Plan
Countway Library Resources
Harvard University-wide Resources
Harvard University Contacts