The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a new policy for data management and sharing to promote the management and sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research. This policy goes into effect on January 25, 2023 and replaces the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy.
All NIH-supported research generating scientific data. Funded Research includes: grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, other transaction authorities, and intramural research programs.
Scientific data regardless of whether data underlie a publication.
The NIH defines scientific data as: recorded factual material commonly accepted in scientific community as of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications. This does not include: lab notebooks, preliminary analyses, peer reviews, or physical objects.
The NIH expects data to be shared in an established repository named in the applicants data management and sharing plan.
Detailed guidance for the recommended and expected elements of a data management and sharing plan are provided by the NIH in a supplemental document.
No later than publication or the end of the award period (for unpublished data).
The NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and its supplemental documents do not necessarily provide a specific date or time period for sharing data. For minimum timeframes, consider relevant requirements and expectations (e.g. repository policies, retention requirements, journal policies).