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Creating an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan

This guide presents information on the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, which requires submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) for all NIH-supported research.

Guides, Resources, and Sample Plans

  • NIH Sample Data Management Plans: includes examples from clinical and/or MRI data from human research participants, genomic data from human and non-human sources, technology development, and secondary data analyses
    • *Most of the NIH Sample Data Management and Sharing Plans refer to an institutional office as having oversight responsibility of the plan in the plan's final section (Element 6). This is not the case at Northwestern. The Office of Sponsored Research offers the following guidance for Element 6 of the proposal:
      • Proposal Submission Guidance: Regarding who (at the institution) will be responsible for oversight of compliance with the accepted DMS Plan, the recommended response is a statement such as "Monitoring and compliance will be responsibility of PI and specific project staff as indicated in the project plan, budget, and budget justification."
  • The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has shared an NIH data management and sharing policy readiness guide:
  • The NIH DMSP Guidance Working Group, a national librarian task force, has published resources and links for researchers to assist with compliance with the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy:
  • The NNLM Toolkit for the Data Management and Sharing Policy: a selection of guides, toolkits, and other resources related to the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy.
  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), as part of their extensive Data Management and Sharing guidance website, has provided a Glossary of frequently used data management and sharing terms.