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Data Management Support for Health Sciences: NIH Data Requirements

Health Sciences Data Management

NIH Data Sharing

As of January 25th, 2023, the National Institutes of Health requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan.

Much of the information on these pages can be found with greater detail and go further in depth at the NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans Overview

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.

Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data             
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan

Additionally, in August of 2022, the Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) issued guidance to make federally funded research available without delay. This guidance goes into full effect by the end of 2025, with OSTP working with associated federal grant-making bodies to update guidance, public access policies, and data sharing plans.