NIH grants submitted on or after January 25, 2023 must adhere to the new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. The policy applies to all UAB grant submissions to the NIH that will generate scientific data. Applicants will be required to submit a two-page data management and sharing plan.
There are notable differences from earlier NIH policies:
The final DMS Policy defines Scientific Data as: “The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications. Scientific data do not include laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, completed case report forms, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, communications with colleagues, or physical objects, such as laboratory specimens.”
If your proposed project generates scientific data, you will likely need a DMS plan.
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CCTS TIERS webinar. December 2023. Updated overview of the policy and of the NIH's reception of DMS plans in the first year of the policy.
Overview of the policy including which data should be shared and where, and how the policy will affect grant submissions
Review of example plans written by and for UAB researchers followed by an extended Q&A session with the UAB DMSP task force
Explicit federal, state, local, or Tribal law, regulation, or policy prohibits disclosure
Concerns around privacy or safety of research participants
Pre-existing consent policies or agreements prohibit sharing of participant-derived material
Digitization of datasets is impractical
Developed through a collaboration between the RDM librarian and UAB principle investigators. The plans were written before the NIH data management and sharing policy became effective and has not been reviewed by the NIH.
Example 1. This sample was made by transforming a resource sharing plan into a DMSP for an R21 project. It contains proteomics, metabolomics and sensitive clinical data
Example 2. Sample plan for an R01 grant studying cardiac function in a murine model system. It contains imaging, transcriptomic, and epigenomic data types.
Example 3. Sample plan for a K23. The proposed study is a randomized clinical trial with both quantitative and qualitative data. Sensitive data shared via controlled access through a clinical trials data repository.
Example 4. Sample plan for an R01. The proposed study includes both retrospective analysis, prospective biobank collection of bacterial isolates. Major data types include clinical microbiological, clinical case data, and bacterial genomic sequences.
Example 5. Sample plan for an R01 studying bacterial infection in a murine model system. Data types include bacterial genomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and image data.
Example 6. Sample plan for an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) R01 cross-sectional study of microbiome, neurology and oral cancers using multiple in vitro and in vivo models. Data types include genomics, gene and protein expression profiles and other phenotypes.
Example 7. Sample plan for an R01. The proposed study is a Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) randomized clinical trial.
Other examples from outside UAB
Sample plans written by NIH institutes/centers
Fill out the template below to craft your DMS plan following the 2023 NIH guidelines
An active DMS plan must be formally revised if/when your plans for data management and sharing change, for example, sharing data to a different data repository, sharing more/less data than originally planned, adding a data type, etc.
Awardees should work with their OSP federal grants officer to submit changes via the Prior Approval Module of eRA Commons (see offical notice NOT-OD-23-185 and eRA instructions). These prior approvals must be submitted by an OSP federal grants officer 30 days prior to the requested change’s planned effective date.
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