The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is implementing a new policy to further their efforts to improve the reproducibility and reliability of NIH-funded research through effective and efficient data management and data sharing practices. This policy, NOT-OD-21-013, is effective January 25, 2023, and it applies to “all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data.”
Policy key points of impact:
- Requires submission of data management and sharing (DMS) plans at the time of application.
- Requires compliance with the DMS plan as approved by NIH Institute, Center, or Office (ICO).
- Strongly encourages the use of established repositories for the sharing of data.
- Sets the expectation that data will be made accessible “as soon as possible, and no later than the time of an associated publication, or the end of the award/support period, whichever comes first.”
MIT’s Data Management Services has partnered with the Office of the VP for Research, Information Systems & Technology (IS&T), Office of Strategic Alliances and Tech Transfer (OSATT), MIT InfoProtect, and others to provide our MIT researchers with support to navigate this new policy and bolster our community’s data management and sharing practices.
- NIH website on Scientific Data Sharing
- NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy resources – includes guidance on Planning and Budgeting; Data Management; and Sharing Scientific Data
- FAQs for the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy)
- NIH DMSP: Key Points
- NIH DMSP: MIT Resources
- Upcoming workshop: NIH DMSP: What and How on July 20 (Can’t make this one? check the Libraries News & Events page for future offerings)