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2023 NIH Data Management Sharing Policy Guidelines

Introduction to the 2023 NIH DMSP

The 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMSP) requires that all NIH funded research describe in detail how scientific data will be shared and managed in a useable format. Data is also required to be preserved within a specialized repository. This information is to be provided within a newly formatted 2 page supplemental document known as the DMSP. 

Top 3 Things to Know about the NIH DMSP

1. Effective January 25, 2023, ALL NIH funded proposals that will produce scientific data are required to submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) regardless of funding amount or mechanism.

2. A DMSP that complies with the new format must be submitted with your proposal

3. A DMSP is a binding document

What is considered scientific data? 

"The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications"  Final NIH DMSP

What is the NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan?

The DMSP will include the following information: 

  • Data type
  • Related tools, software and/or code
  • Standards
  • Data preservation, access, and associated timelines
  • Access, distribution or reuse considerations
  • Oversight of data management and sharing

Data Management and Sharing Policy Overview

For additional guidance writing the plan, refer to: DMSP Outline

What is the purpose of the DMSP?

NIH has instituted a new DMSP to promote a culture change around data sharing and to encourage data sharing and reuse as the "norm" in the scientific community.

Data Sharing: 

  • Accelerates biomedical research discovery
  • Enhances research rigor and reproducibility
  • Provides accessibility to high-value datasets
  • Promotes reuse for future research
  • Expediates the translation of research results into knowledge to improve health practices

Why Share Data: NIH DMSP

What is the process once the DMSP is submitted

  • A DMSP must be submitted with application for funding
  • Following submission of the DMSP, the budget portion is peer-reviewed
  • Compliance with the plan is monitored at regular intervals
  • Plans may be revised or updated 
  • Plans are considered binding
  • NIH grants are provided to the institution governing the research. The institution is responsible for compliance with the DMSP policy and plan.
  • For more information regarding compliance