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NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

This guide supports researchers' efforts to comply with the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. It offers step-by-step guidance on how to plan for data sharing and write a data management and sharing plan to meet NIH requirements.

The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued its Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data.

In general, under the DMS Policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions will:

  • 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

NIH has communicated this policy to the research community in multiple ways, including through a notice with the final policy language (NOT-OD-21-013) and through excellent guidance on its Scientific Data Sharing resource.

This library guide, a collaboration between the Welch Medical Library and JHU Data Services, borrows liberally from NIH's resources, often quoting them directly, while adding a useful workflow structure and unique JHU resources.

Note that many NIH institutes, centers, and research programs have established specific data sharing policies in addition to the over-arching DMS Policy. See specific funding announcements and/or the "NIH Institute and Center Data Sharing Policies" page for any additional requirements or expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the links below are to NIH's "Research Covered Under the Data Management & Sharing Policy" guidance. Other links are to NIH's FAQs for the 2023 Data Management & Sharing Policy. NIH's FAQs cover more topics, including those related to policy scope, managing and sharing data, data derived from human participants, compliance with the policy, and contracts.

Where to Go for Help

JHU Data Services supports faculty and students on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses with a spectrum of resources for working with data in research and teaching.

Support for research data management and sharing includes:

See the calendar of data services workshops for the most current schedule of live webinars.

Connect with JHU Data Services through its "Contact and Support" page or via