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.
NIH Sharing Policies
NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (effective on/after January 25, 2023)
NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.
This policy applies to all grant mechanisms that support scientific data generation. Awards that do not generate scientific data, such as training grants (Ts), fellowships (Fs) and conference grants (R13), are not subject to the policy.
Under the DMS Policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:
- 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 Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy
NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy applies to all NIH-funded research (e.g., grants, contracts, and intramural research) that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, regardless of the funding level, as well as the use of these data for subsequent research.
The NIDCR extends this expectation for certain projects producing genomic data, regardless of the number of specimens or participants.