Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing Released October 29, 2020; Effective January 25, 2023
In NIH's view, all data should be considered for data sharing. Data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data.
To facilitate data sharing, investigators are expected to include a plan for sharing final research data for research purposes, or state why data sharing is not possible.
The current NIH Data Sharing Policy applies:
The Data Sharing Plan follows the Research Plan Section and does not count toward the page limit.
See NIH's Data Sharing page for full details.
NIH encourages the use of established, subject-specific repositories. To select a repository relevant to your data consider:
For additional guidance, see NIH supplemental information on Selecting a Resository
In a supplemental document of two pages or less, address the following six sections:
Data Type: Briefly describe the scientific data to be managed, preserved, and shared, including:
Data Preservation, Access, and Associated Timelines: Plans and timelines for data preservation and access, including (a) specific repository or repositories where data will be shared (see tab on the left on repositories); what persistent identifier or other indexing tool will be provided to find and access the data; and when data will become available and for how long it will stay available.