NIH Data Management and Sharing

Effective January 25, 2023, the Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (NOT-OD-21-013) went into effect. This policy requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMS Plan). Upon U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) approval of a DMS Plan, NIH expects researchers and institutions to implement data management and sharing practices as described in the DMS Plan. The Final NIH Policy is intended to establish expectations for DMS Plans, which applicable NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICO) may supplement as appropriate. 

For more information and additional MSU resources, please visit the MSU Sponsored Programs Administration's Data Management webpage

Human Research Considerations

Researchers proposing to generate scientific data derived from human participants should outline in their DMS Plans how privacy, rights, and confidentiality of human research participants will be protected (e.g., through de-identification, Certificates of Confidentiality, and other protective measures).

NIH strongly encourages researchers to plan for how data management and sharing will be addressed in the informed consent process, including communicating with prospective participants how their scientific data are expected to be used and shared.

Researchers should consider whether access to scientific data derived from humans should be controlled, even if de-identified and lacking explicit limitations on subsequent use.

The following sections include supplemental information and guidance regarding NIH requirements.