Implementing the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy (GDS) Policy at NIDCR – Information for Investigators and Institutions

The NIH expects broad data-sharing for funded research that produces large-scale human or non-human genomic data, as described in the supplemental information to the Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy. Examples of data types within the scope of this policy include genomics such as genotyping, whole genome or exome sequencing, epigenomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics. Please see the GDS Policy supplemental information PDF for additional details.

NIDCR extends this expectation to the following types of projects producing genomic data, regardless of the number of specimens or participants:

  • Human studies of rare diseases: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center.
  • The oral microbiome (archaea, bacteria, viruses, and fungi).
  • Under-studied human populations.
  • Human studies of Sjögren's Syndrome or xerostomia.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder or related pain conditions.

When initiating human genomic studies, investigators should consider:

  • Consent language in the context of the expectations of the GDS policy. Further guidance can be found here. Institutional Certifications will capture data use limitations described in the consent documents and are required with JIT information.

For scientific questions, contact the Program Director for your area of research.

For assistance with Institutional Certifications or dbGaP registration, contact the NIDCR Genomic Program Administrator.

NIDCR’s scope for the GDS policy will be reviewed periodically and updated as needed.

NIDCR Genomic Program Administrator

Alicia Chou


Phone: (301) 594-4874

Last Reviewed
June 2023