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Creating an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan

This guide presents information on the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy taking effect on January 25, 2023, requiring Data Management and Sharing Plans (DMSPs) for all NIH-supported research.


As of January 25, 2023, the NIH has implemented an updated Data Management and Sharing Policy that will apply to all NIH-funded research that generates scientific data, regardless of funding mechanism. Compliance with this policy requires submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) with the funding application, outlining the plan for managing, preserving, and sharing project data. This guide provides recommendations for creating a compliant DMSP.

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Consult the sections of this guide for section-by-section guidance on creating an NIH Data Management Plan.

Data to Share vs. Data Not to Share

What data should be shared?

  • Sufficient data to validate and replicate study findings
  • Data produced through the study but not necessarily resulting in a publication
  • Null findings on which no publication will be made

Which data are not eligible to be shared?

  • Laboratory notebooks
  • Preliminary analyses
  • Completed case report forms
  • Drafts of scientific papers
  • Plans for future research
  • Peer reviews
  • Communications with colleagues
  • Physical objects, such as lab specimens

Above adapted from: Federer, Lisa. Introduction to the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. National Library of Medicine, Office of Strategic Initiatives.