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Data Management Plan Guide

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National Institutes of Health

NIH has a variety of subprograms and groups with their own requirements and guidelines. Additional individual calls for proposals may have their own conditions.

In general:

  • NIH has expected that data supporting published analysis is to be shared since 2003.
  • NIH considers “digital” data to be data that has been recorded in any electronic format that can be accessed using a computer. Software is not regarded as "data" but it is recognized that access to software and other tools may be necessary to to access and interpret the data (i.e. they may need to be covered in your plan).
  • Access to data is expected to be free.
  • The data supporting the main findings of a research paper should be released no later than the date of publication acceptance. 
  • Clinical trial data is encouraged to be submitted to the ClinicalTrials.gov even if it is not required.
  • Data sharing and archiving costs are considered research costs.
    • Researchers are expected to find a balance between cost and the value of data preservation

NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy

Policy in effect as of Jan 25, 2015.

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