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Support for Researchers
Beginning January 2023, all National Institutes of Health research grant and contract applicants will be required to submit a data management and sharing plan (DMSP) as part of their application. If awarded, compliance with the approved plan is required.
NIH’s new policy replaces its old policy entirely and requires that ALL grant applications/renewals that produce scientific data include a much more robust and detailed plan on the management, sharing, and preservation of data during the funded period and beyond.
To comply with the new policy, investigators will be required to provide specific information on access policies/procedures to protect the privacy of human participants, data preservation, metadata standards and distribution approaches. This information will be required in a DMSP, which is analogous to what other funders refer to as a data management plan.
The new DMS policy applies to:
- New and competing renewal grant applications submitted to NIH for the Jan. 25, 2023, proposal deadline date and later;
- Proposals for contracts submitted to NIH for the Jan. 25, 2023, proposal deadline date and later; and
- Any other NIH funding agreement executed on or after Jan. 25, 2023.
The policy does NOT apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, e.g., training, infrastructure development, and non-research activities.
Important compliance notes:
- The submitted DMSP will become a term of condition of the Notice of Award and compliance during the award period will be determined by the awarding NIH Institute or Center.
- Failure to comply may result in NIH enforcement action or risk award termination. It also could impact future funding decisions.
What you can do to prepare for this change:
- Review the policy now. Also review supplemental documents Elements of an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan, Allowable Costs for Data Management and Sharing, and Selecting a Repository for Data Resulting from NIH-Supported Research.
- Learn more about the policy and find resources from the University Libraries NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy website.
- Learn about funder requirements for data management and sharing on the University Libraries data management website.
- Review sample DMSP from the National Institute of Mental Health that comply with the new policy.
To draft the plan itself, we recommend the DMPTool (log in with NetID) using the NIH 2023 template. Additional guidance for completing each section of the template will be added to the DMPTool on a rolling basis. For guidance in writing and operationalizing your plan, view video modules prepared by University Libraries, Research Computing, the Human Subjects Protection Program, and RII.
For more information or to request a consult, email the Library Data Management team. We will provide ongoing updates to assist researchers and research assistants with this transition.
Link: Friday, August 5, 2022
Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) and the Office of the Provost are excited to announce the recipients of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Seed Grant Program.
The requests for proposals opened to all University of Arizona faculty in April 2022. Ten proposals were received and were reviewed by 14 faculty members from across the institution. Six proposals were awarded funding for AY 2022-2023. Congratulations to the award recipients! Read more about the funded projects below.
The HSI Faculty Seed Grant Program is offered through Faculty Affairs and HSI Initiatives with funding from Research, Innovation, and Impact (RII). The goal of the fund is to support scholarly research and creative work among early-career faculty which enriches the UArizona’s designation as an HSI, and advances scholarship that directly impacts Latinx/a/o and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students and communities, and advances UArizona’s Purpose and Values around integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination.
Felina Cordova-Marks, Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Jennifer Erdrich, Assistant Professor, Surgery, College of Medicine – Tucson
American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) face greater disparities in breast cancer treatment outcomes than Non-Hispanic White Women. Historically, AI/AN females receiving medical care have been coerced and or forcibly treated with varying levels of consent occurring/not occurring. The goal of this project is to determine the cancer treatment decision making process, including the process for consenting to treatment (such as mastectomy), and overall treatment experience of Pascua Yaqui breast cancer patients, survivors, and the role that their caregivers play in the treatment decision making process (N=60). This project utilizes a Community Based Participatory Research and mixed-methods approach, including a survey and semi-structured interviews with participants. Outcomes include increasing the capacity of UA Indigenous student researchers, reports for the Pascua Tribe on how their breast cancer patients are being consented for cancer treatment, as well as the types of cancer treatment they are choosing, and developing a culturally responsive health promotion tool for Pascua Yaqui breast cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers that will facilitate patient understanding of the consent process for cancer treatment and surgical cancer treatment.
Anna Josephson, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Na Zuo, Assistant Professor of Practice, Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Katherine Speirs, Assistant Specialist, Early Childhood/Childhood Development, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The proposed project investigates the dynamics of food insecurity on college campuses and, in particular, the heterogeneous effects among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students. Food insecurity is an issue of racial equity. Through structural racism, marginalized individuals and families have dealt with poverty and food insecurity at a higher rate than non-Hispanic white individuals and families. Hispanic and BIPOC students begin their time at UA facing an increased likelihood of food insecurity - and are more likely to experience food insecurity as students. When students have trouble securing sufficient food, they have trouble completing their education. As Hispanic and BIPOC students already face lower rates of retention and graduation at UA, food insecurity is yet another hurdle which they must overcome in order to obtain their education. We seek to contribute to the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) mission of the UA through the Project Aims presented in Box 1 of the proposal. We seek to understand the constraints in ensuring food security faced by students at the UA, to make recommendations to alleviate these constraints, and to quantify the return on investment to UA of alleviating these constraints for students.
Jacqueline Barrios, Assistant Professor, Public and Applied Humanities, College of Humanities with collaborators: Ana Maria Alvarez, Founder and Director, Contra Tiempo Activist Dance Theater; Leigh-Anna Hidalgo, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University
I propose to pilot a program for arts and activism residencies at UArizona, specifically within the Public and Applied (PAH) Humanities core curriculum, as part of a larger goal to cultivate QT BIPOC student access to humanities and arts fields. The “HSI-PAH Artist-in-Residence Program: Arts Praxis, Servingness & the Public Humanities” will bring two teaching artists to collaboratively design separate 3-week units as part of PAH 200, "Introduction to Applied and Public Humanities." This grant will fund teaching artist visits to Tucson where they will provide hands-on immersive instruction to students on methods drawn from their own practice, from choreographic labs to comic-book based graphic design. A larger public engagement for the wider UArizona community (artist talk, performance, showing or demo) will be planned as a part of the residencies, one of which will feature a showcase of student work from the project.
Regina Deil-Amen, Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, College of Education, Ashley Domínguez Lopez, Assistant Professor, Teaching Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education; Julio Cammarota, Professor, Teaching Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education; Amelia Kraehe, Associate Professor, School of Art, College of Fine Arts
The proposed project advances and broadens a cross-disciplinary curriculum to provide students at two HSI universities –The University of Arizona (UArizona) and The University of Puerto Rico, Cayey (UPR, Cayey) with the critical and creative tools needed to understand how BIPOC students are affected by and respond to the crises around them. This project is made possible by the close collaboration between faculty within the Colleges of Education and Fine Arts and inter-institutional collaborations between UArizona and UPR, Cayey. Education and Cayey will offer (TLS 418/518 and INTD 4116) Participatory Action Research courses with the long term plan to expand to Fine Arts. While these universities share a federal designation as Hispanic-serving Institutions, each offers a distinct cultural and curricular context. Thus, lessons learned from implementing the Creative Resistance course sequence across two HSI institutions will be especially useful to other Hispanic and Minority Serving Institutions exploring experiential curricular and cross-disciplinary approaches to servingness. Students from each campus will work together on PAR projects addressing problems affecting BIPOC students within vastly different cultural contexts. These collaboratives represent vital student networks across contexts where they can support each other in their educational and community praxis and pursuit of graduate school.
Daniel Martinez, Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; David Garcia, Associate Professor, Health Promotion Sciences, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Adriana Maldonado, Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Health Promotion Sciences, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Background: Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) play a crucial role in recruiting, retaining, and graduating Latinx students via the provision of social and academic support, culturally relevant coursework, and an environment of “servingness” that facilitates mentoring and training Latinx students and engaging them in culturally relevant research projects. One critical issue affecting many Latinx students and their families is blocked access to medical care, which is a social determinant of health that contributes to disparities evidenced in immigrant, ethnic minority, and low-income populations.
Methods: “Salud Sin Fronteras” expands existing qualitative research frameworks on healthcare barriers by employing a “life-course” approach to examine the associations between early life health experiences and medical and lay care seeking practices post-migration. To assess these relationships, our research team developed a novel quantitative survey instrument that is being administered to 300 Mexican-origin adults in southern Arizona.
Outcomes & Significance: Salud Sin Fronteras will train Latinx students in quantitative research skills, enhance and support racial and cultural ways of knowing, and help extend the HSI mission across the UArizona campus. Moreover, outcomes will expand our understanding of the binational implications of blocked medical care access that can inform health interventions designed to promote wellness and care access.
Megan Carney, Associate Professor, School of Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Laurel E Bellante, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Future of Food and Social Justice foregrounds youth storytelling to advance a more equitable, socially and racially just vision for the future of food. Using feminist and participatory methods to engage structurally marginalized youth in southern Arizona, this project will enrich UA’s HSI designation, generate a template for community engagement of interest and potential benefit to other MSIs, and also make important contributions to scholarship advancing the struggles of QT BIPOC. We aim to engage and train at least 30 youth from structurally marginalized backgrounds from across southern Arizona in the project activities and to solicit at least 15 stories on the future of food and social justice in the form of: a short story, essay or statement; audio or video recordings; and brief interviews. Results of the project will be disseminated through digital newsletters, social media outlets, op-eds (locally and nationally), and peer-reviewed publications, while making important contributions to theory on archival activism and decolonial knowledge production as well as interventions to right to food and food studies. Participants of the project will also play an active role in archiving and sharing stories back with their communities.
Link: Thursday, March 31, 2022
The NIH’s new Data Management and Sharing Policy will go into effect January 2023. This is an entirely new policy that will apply to all NIH-funded projects that generate scientific data. As a PI on a current NIH award (or an active applicant for NIH funding), we want to make you aware of this coming change and encourage you to begin preparing for it. University Libraries and Research, Innovation & Impact are actively developing resources to support you in this endeavor.
Please review existing resources and preliminary guidance to prepare your current NIH grant(s) and any new proposals for the policy change.
Under the new NIH policy, researchers are required to include detailed plans on how data will be managed and shared during the entire funded period, including:
- Data storage
- Access policies and procedures
- Metadata standards and distribution approaches
You must submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan to comply with the new policy. Compliance with the submitted DMS plan will become a term of condition during the award funding period.
For more information, please review the NIH DMS Policy resource webpage. For questions or to request a consult, email the Library Data Management team. We will provide ongoing updates to assist researchers and research assistants with this transition.
When you enter into any commitment or obligation, even if it is not in writing, to Conduct Research for or on behalf of an individual or entity outside of UArizona (e.g., delivery of research results or data to the outside individual or entity) it constitutes an Outside Commitment and must be declared as such in advance of the activity, unless there is an existing signed agreement or contract between the outside individual or entity and the University of Arizona, on file with either RII Sponsored Project Services, RII Contracting Services or UAHS Research Administration, and which covers this specific commitment or obligation.
Non-sponsored research must be disclosed for conflict of interest review but is not an Outside Commitment that requires conflict of commitment approval unless you are Conducting the Research for or on behalf of an outside individual or entity.
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