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NIH 2023 Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy

What is the NIH 2023 DMS Policy?

NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data.

Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan
  • Individual NIH Institutes, Centers, or Offices may have additional policies and expectations (see "Which Policies Apply to My Research?" below)

What Does the 2023 NIH DMS Policy Apply To?

The DMS Policy applies to all NIH research, funded in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data.

The DMS Policy does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, for example: research training, fellowships, infrastructure development, and non-research activities.

Which Policies Apply to My Research?

Comparison to 2003 Data Sharing Policy

Key differences between the 2003 Data Sharing Policy and the NEW Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy, effective for due dates on/after January 25, 2023:

Policy Provision 2003 Data Sharing Policy 2023 Data Management and Sharing Policy
Scope Awards ≥ $500K a year All awards generating scientific data
Data to share Final research data Scientific data regardless of whether data underlie a publication
Mode of sharing data To be described in Plan Encourages use of established repository named in Plan
Plan elements Flexible level of detail Plans should address 6 key elements
Plan location in application Resource Sharing section of
New section of application called “Other Plans(s)”
Budget requests Combined with other direct costs Costs requested as separate line item with accompanying