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Important Changes to Data Sharing Requirements are Coming for NIH Grants

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.   

Next steps 

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 
  • Preservation 
  • 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.    

More information  

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. 



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