NIH- and NIDCR-Funded Human Subjects Research

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NIH Human Subjects Research Policies and Terms

In addition to NIDCR-specific policies and terms described on this page, the NIDCR adheres to NIH-wide policies for investigators conducting clinical research. To learn about NIH initiatives, policies and resources related to clinical research, see the information posted by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) and the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP).

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NIDCR Clinical Terms of Award Policy

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Clinical Terms of Award (CToA) policy applies to all grants and cooperative agreements conducting human subjects research that have been determined by NIDCR to need additional oversight. This includes studies that will enroll human subjects to collect new data, and studies that use previously collected data or specimens that can still be linked to living individuals.

For information on determining whether a study involves human subjects, see Overview of Human Subjects Research.

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Scientific Data Sharing Policies

NIH has a longstanding commitment to scientific data sharing. Responsible data management and sharing has many benefits, including accelerating the pace of biomedical research, enabling validation of research results, and providing accessibility to high-value datasets. NIDCR prioritizes public sharing of scientific data and promotes secondary use of data to drive advances in dental, oral, and craniofacial research areas. Read more about the scientific data sharing policies that may be applicable to your research.

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Last Reviewed
December 2022