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Research Data

A guide for locating, managing, and sharing research data.

DMSP Overview

*NEW* Revised NIH Policy on Data Management and Sharing Effective January 25, 2023

In an effort to advance rigorous and reproducible research and promote public trust in research, the NIH is implementing a revision to the 2013 Data Sharing Policy.

  • Requires submission of Data Management and Sharing Plan for all NIH-funded research (how/where/when) (Learn More)
    • What: Scientific data - "Recorded factual material ... of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications." Does not include things materials like lab notebooks, preliminary analyses, case report forms, physical specimens.
    • When: Data must be shared no later than publication or end of award (for data underlying findings not published in peer-reviewed journals).
  • Compliance with the ICO-approved Plan (may affect future funding)
  • Replaces 2003 Data Sharing Policy



Upcoming Educational Opportunities

  • Data Curation Network – Event Series (on-going):

    To prepare for the implementation of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, researchers will need to gain new skills in managing and sharing their data. This event series will provide new approaches, methods, and best practices from representatives of the Data Curation Network on management, curation, and sharing to promote transparency, reproducibility, and reuse of research data. The first event in the series will educate researchers broadly about DCN experts, their services, the role of institutional libraries, and curation resources. Subsequent events will focus on other stakeholders – program officers, other community researchers, and repository owners – to provide training and access to resources, including a bring-your-own-data curation workshop. 


The Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute invites you to attend data management and collaboration training this fall: Basic and Advanced Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) training; Research Methods:  “What Am I Estimating During a Study---Measure of Association or Causation?”; and a four-part series, “Collaborating with a Statistician”.

Questions about the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy?

Contact Jess Newman McDonald, Research Data and Scholarly Communications Lead, for assistance with data management plans, selecting a repository to deposit your data, and more.

Ask us about the NIH DMSP!

Also, check out the NIH FAQs about the policy here!