Research and Data Services

NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Guidance


UVA webinar: NIH’s New Data Management and Sharing Policy (12/15/22)

Slide Deck and Videorecording now available!

Consult this site for UVA-focused guidance for the NIH DMSP Plan

 Recent additions:

-   New Sample Plans provided by NIH for human genomics, clinical and genomics, and zebrafish (1.11.23)
-   Link to the optional DMS Plan format page (editable Word doc) from NIH (12.22.22)

-  Information about LibraData, UVA's repository for public research data sharing (12.12.22)
Cost information for local research data storage added to the Budgeting section (11.15.22)


What's New?
NIH has issued a final Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) to promote the management and sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research. This Policy requires submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) for grant applications for NIH-supported research that results in the generation of scientific data. 

Investigators are required to:

  • Submit a DMSP (two pages or less) outlining how scientific data and any accompanying metadata will be managed and shared, taking into account any potential restrictions or limitations.
  • Comply with the DMSP approved by the funding Institute or Center (IC).

NIH applications for receipt dates on or after January 25 2023 require submission of a DMSP, including new proposals or active NIH awards going up for renewal with receipt date of January 2023.

The DMS Policy applies to all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data. This includes: Research Projects, some Career Development Awards (Ks), Small Business SBIR/STTR, and Research Centers.The DMS Policy does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, including: Training (T), Fellowships (Fs), Construction (C06), Conference Grants (R13), Resource (Gs), Research-Related Infrastructure Programs (e.g., S06).

Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, enhances research rigor and reproducibility, provides accessibility to high-value datasets, and promotes data reuse for future research studies.

How do I get started?

Review the core information from NIH below to familiarize yourself with the DMS Policy and Plan. Then, visit the Plan Components tab for guidance in preparing your plan. 

What Should I Know?

NIH's new Scientific Data Sharing website contains the latest information from NIH. It includes:

Learning Opportunities

Webinars and Training

UVA Webinar: NIH’s New Data Management and Sharing Policy (12/15/22)

Additional learning opportunities, including informational webinars and accompanying slide decks

Selected NIH Policies

Selected NIH Policies

NOT-OD-21-013- Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (October 29, 2020)

NOT-OD-22-189 - Implementation Details for the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (August 5, 2022)

NOT-OD-21-013 - Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Protecting Privacy When Sharing Human Research Participant Data (September 21, 2022)

NOT-OD-21-014 - Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Responsible Management and Sharing of American Indian/Alaska Native Participant Data (September 21, 2022)


If you have questions about the NIH DMS Policy or would like assistance with your DMS plan, please complete this request form

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