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NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Guidance


Budget Guidance

NIH Guidance on DMSP Budgeting

The Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Allowable Costs for Data Management and Sharing outlines categories of allowable NIH costs associated with data management and sharing. Reasonable, allowable costs can be budgeted in three categories:

  1. Curating data and developing supporting documentation
  2. Local data management considerations; and
  3. Preserving and sharing data through established repositories

All allowable costs submitted in budget requests must be incurred (e.g., curation fees, data repository fees) during the performance period, even for scientific data and metadata preserved and shared beyond the award period.

See Budgeting for Data Management and Sharing for examples of allowable costs and how to request funds in the proposal.

How to Estimate Costs

The National Academies (NAP) publication Life-Cycle Decisions for Biomedical DataThe Challenge of Forecasting Costs (2020) contains helpful information including:


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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