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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.

Key Elements to Consider When Planning for Data Sharing According to the NIH Policy

Planning for data sharing at the design phase of a research project can make compliance with the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy much easier. The following pages outline five planning steps that will help ensure a smooth process for the management and sharing of data.

Following these steps will also assist you in writing the required data management and sharing plan.

The five planning steps involve:

  1. Checking to see if the policy applies
  2. Addressing protections for human subjects
  3. Identifying an appropriate data sharing repository
  4. Estimating data management and sharing costs
  5. Considering using the DMPTool to write your plan

JHU Requirements for Data Access and Retention

When planning for data management and sharing to meet NIH's requirements, keep in mind JHU's policy on data access and retention.

You should also consider the rules for the responsible conduct of research promulgated by schools at JHU (e.g., School of Medicine Policy RI002: Rules and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research), which include requirements for data storage, retention, and ownership.