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NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

NIH has issued a new Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which will require NIH funded researchers to prospectively submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared. On January 25, 2023, the new policy will come into effect and replace the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy currently in effect.

If you plan to generate scientific data and apply for an NIH grant, you must submit a DMSP as part of the Budget Justification section of your application for extramural awards.


What do I include in a NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan?

In these max two-page documents, you will describe your:

  • Data type – an overview of the data you are collecting
  • Related tools, software, and/or code – what is needed to understand and/or use that data
  • Standards – if there are any standardized file formats, data dictionaries, etc
  • Data preservation, access, and associated timelines – when and where you will publicly share your data
  • Access, distribution, or reuse considerations – any special considerations for securing the data or protecting patient privacy
  • Oversight of data management and sharing – who will carry out this plan

Where can I find guidance or additional information?

To help the UC San Diego research community prepare for implementation of the new policy, the following resources are available:

Official NIH supplemental documentation for the 2023 DMSP policy:

Visit the page on public access and open science to learn more.

How do I get started writing a DMSP?

The Data Management Plan Tool, or DMPTool, is a free resource for anyone to use that helps researchers create data management sharing plans as they write their funding proposal.

NIH Sample Data Management and Sharing Plans:

Additional DMSP Samples:


Need help?

For questions about the policy, including planning for data sharing, or selecting a repository please contact Research-Data-Curation@ucsd.edu.