NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing 2023


NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing 2023

You may have heard something by now about the new NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing coming into effect January 2023. Concerned about what this policy means for you and your research? Have no fear; CDABS is here to help! We will be releasing resources and workshops over the next several months to help prepare the campus for this change. 

This post will cover some basic information about what this new policy entails:

What: A policy requiring 1) submission of a data management and sharing plan with all NIH grant applications for projects that generate scientific data, and 2) compliance with that plan. Note that the current NIH policy, which has been in effect since 2003, has this requirement only for projects requesting $500,000 or more in funds. So this is a much more expansive policy.

Importantly, this policy does not absolutely require you to share data. The policy recognizes that this may not always be possible given the sensitive nature of much health science research. However, according to the policy, NIH expects that in drafting Plans, researchers will maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data, while also being mindful of ethical considerations.

When: Effective January 25, 2023

Who: Researchers seeking any funding from NIH for their research that generates scientific data.

Why: To accelerate discovery, improve rigor and reproducibility, provide access to high-value datasets, promote data reuse, and ultimately, to expedite the translation of research to knowledge. (See the NIH full statement)

Where: Visit the new NIH Data Sharing website for policy breakdown, supplemental information, and news.

For the full policy text visit:


  1. Familiarize yourself with some of the great resources for working with data available for UMB researchers.
    • DMPTool provides templates for writing plans and allows you to request feedback on your plan from the CDABS team. Use your UMID and password to authenticate.
    • OSF is a collaborative tool for keeping your project documents organized.
    • ICPSR and QDR are excellent repository options for sharing sensitive data.
    • The UMB Data Catalog can hold a record of your shared data, with metadata and access instructions.
  2. Schedule a consult with us to talk more in-depth about your personalized data management needs, finding an appropriate repository, and anything else data-related!
  3. Stay informed by subscribing to CDABS updates!

Questions? Contact: Jean-Paul Courneya, bioinformationist, and Amy Yarnell, data services librarian at

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication

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