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NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Sharing scientific data aids in accelerating biomedical research discovery by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research endeavors.

NIH's policy applies to all research meeting these criteria regardless of funding level:

  • Funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH
  • Results in the generation of scientific data

Scientific Data is defined as data commonly accepted in the scientific community of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications.

  • Scientific data includes any data needed to validate and replicate research findings
  • Scientific data does not include: laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, completed case report forms, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, communications with colleagues, or physical objects such as laboratory specimens


The DMS Policy does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data.
Examples include: Training (Ts), Fellowships (Fs), Certain non-research Career Awards (e.g. KM1), Construction (C06), Conference Grants (R13), Resources (Gs), Research-related Infrastructure programs (e.g., S06) and non-research activities.

Data Management and Sharing Plan Checklist for Researchers

This Data management and Sharing (DMS) Plan Checklist addresses the six required elements from the NIH DMS Policy, effective Jan. 25, 2023 for all new grant proposals. Review the checklist at

Converting a resource sharing plan into a DMS Plan

The following is a sample plan created by a working group from the NIH DMSP Guidance:

CITI DMS Information webinar

CITI is offering a DMS information webinar to provide more information on converting a resource sharing plan into a DMS plan, FAQs, links to important DMS information and more. To review, sign in or create a CITI account (free using your access ID) at this link (click here.) If you have a problem creating an account, please contact Ginette Borovicka via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

The National Institutes of Health has developed a page with frequently asked questions based on the following:

  • Policy scope
  • Managing/sharing scientific data
  • Considerations for scientific sata derived from human participants
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Contracts
  • Budget/costs

To view these FAQs, visit