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NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Guidance


Implementing Your Plan

Post-Award Plan Revisions

DMS Plans may need to be updated or revised over the course of a project. Reasons include changes to the type(s) of data generated, the availability of a more appropriate data repository, or changes to sharing timelines. Investigators should update the Plan to reflect changes that occur during the award or support period that affect how data is managed or shared, discussing with the Program Officer if needed. Prior approval of the NIH ICO is required for any revision to an approved DMS plan. At UVA, requests to modify an approved DMS plan must be routed to the Authorized Submitting Office via ResearchUVA Powered By Huron for submission to the sponsor.


Investigators will need to report progress on DMS as part of their interim and final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR). In order to facilitate compliance reviews, your RPPR should include a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or other URL for each publicly available (digital) research product. For additional information on NIH reporting requirements, see RPPR Instruction Guide.


NIH issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Read more at, but in short, under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

  • Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
  • Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
  • Comply with the approved DMS plan

To have a librarian review your DMS plan, please complete this request form.

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