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NIH (National Institutes of Health)

National Institutes of Health logo‌NIH does have a data sharing policy and asks for a data sharing plan to be included as part of the grant application.

There is no fixed template for this plan, so the advice is to read the policy and adapt the generic data management plan in DMPonline as appropriate.

Click here to complete a Data Sharing Plan for NIH

This link will take you through to DMPonline, a tool developed by the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) to help you write DMPs. You will need to create an account and link it to your University credentials if you have not already done so.

Once successfully logged into DMPonline, click on the link 'not applicable/not listed' when asked for a funder. Enter 'National Institutes of Health' for the name of the funder,  tick the DCC guidance box and click Create Plan to get started.

This quick guide will help you find your way around DMPonline: Getting Started with DMPonline (PDF, 2,278 KB)

Data Sharing Plan

  • Required with any grant application requesting $500,000 or more of direct costs in a single year.
  • May be requested for applications that are less than $500,000.
  • Should still be included where existing datasets are used, as well as those that will be created as a result of the project.
  • No more than 2 pages.
If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your Data Management Plan from NIH, we would appreciate if you could share with the Research Data team (email research-data@st-andrews.ac.uk) as a good example for an NIH Plan. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • All data should be considered for sharing
  • Data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data.
  • Grantees are required to keep data for a minimum of 3 years following closeout of a grant or contract agreement (though contracts may specify different time periods).

Policy


Help with costs

  • NIH recognises that preparation of data for sharing requires time and money and that data management is most economical when incorporated into intital study designs.
  • You can request funds for data sharing and archiving in your grant application. A competitive or administrative supplement can be requested from the NIH Project Officer for data that have already been collected.
  • If you are facing considerable delays in the preparation of the final dataset for sharing, you may request a no-cost extension from your NIH program.

More information on costing Research Data Management can be found here.

 

Institutions are to decide whether they are prepared to use funds for any page charges or other publishing fees. Such funds could be part of an institution’s indirect costs under the full economic costing regime.
 
No explicit statement is made regarding the AHRC's willingness to support data management and sharing costs. However, the Techncial Appendix asks how required hardware, software and relevant technical expertise, support and training will be acquired, suggesting that appropriate costs may be budgeted in to grant applications.
- See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/research-funding-policies/ahrc#sthash.HunStyzb.dpuf
Institutions are to decide whether they are prepared to use funds for any page charges or other publishing fees. Such funds could be part of an institution’s indirect costs under the full economic costing regime.
 
No explicit statement is made regarding the AHRC's willingness to support data management and sharing costs. However, the Techncial Appendix asks how required hardware, software and relevant technical expertise, support and training will be acquired, suggesting that appropriate costs may be budgeted in to grant applications.
- See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/research-funding-policies/ahrc#sthash.HunStyzb.dpuf

Further help

You can book a meeting with the Research Data team who are happy to help you to formulate an NIH- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your NIH Data Sharing Plan.


More Information

  • (University of St Andrews) Data Management Planning for NIH applicants [pending]
  • DMPtool, which provides DMP templates for numerous US funding agencies
    is an online service to enable researchers to create data management plans now required by many funding agencies, and to receive tailored institutional guidance to help them in the process. The DMPTool provides data management plan templates for numerous U.S. funding agencies, giving step-by-step instruction and where possible alerting users to the services available at their own institutions. - See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/external/dmptool#sthash.OBUQyGBe.dpuf
    is an online service to enable researchers to create data management plans now required by many funding agencies, and to receive tailored institutional guidance to help them in the process. The DMPTool provides data management plan templates for numerous U.S. funding agencies, giving step-by-step instruction and where possible alerting users to the services available at their own institutions. - See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/external/dmptool#sthash.OBUQyGBe.dpu
  • Sample NIH Data Management Plan [pending]
  • NIH Data Sharing Policy brochure

Contact

Research Data team

University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: (01334) 462343