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NIH Data Sharing Policy

Overview

Data sharing promotes many of the goals of NIH by allowing scientists to expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health.

As of October 1, 2003, investigators submitting an application to NIH requesting $500,000 or more of direct costs in any single year, are expected to include a plan for sharing final research data for research purposes or state why data sharing is not possible. The plan should be provided in the form of a brief paragraph (longer if necessary) following the Research Plan section.

What Does NIH Say?

NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Overview (Before Jan 25, 2023)

NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Overview (On Jan 25, 2023 or after)

Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data (2/26/2003)

Final NIH Policy for Data Management & Sharing (10/29/2020)

NIH Institute and Center Data Sharing Policies ( Includes information for data sharing policies for specific NIH institutes, centers, and research programs)


Frequently Asked Questions - Data Sharing

Data Sharing Plans


Examples from NIH

Examples from University of Rochester Guidance on Developing Research Data Sharing Plans (PDF, See Attachment, pages 1-6)

DMP Tool
Use the tool to create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies. Use your University of Rochester email address to sign up for a new account. 

Using UR Research to Share Data


UR Research is a web-based University repository that may assist investigators in fulfilling data sharing requirements. While not appropriate for extremely large datasets, UR Research is a viable option for datasets in the 200-300 MB range. For more information, see University of Rochester Guidance on Developing Research Data Sharing Plans, pages 2-4.

More Information


Please see our Data Management and Sharing Guide for additional information or contact us with any questions.