Washington Update

NIH Seeks Input on Proposed Data Management and Sharing Policy

By: Yvette Seger
Thursday, October 18, 2018

On October 10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on proposed key provisions for a potential data management and sharing policy for research funded by the agency. The proposed provisions are intended to ensure that data resulting from NIH research projects are managed, preserved, and made accessible to the public and others within the scientific community in a timely manner.

The draft provisions include uniform definitions for data management and sharing, required elements for data management and sharing plans, and compliance and enforcement strategies for consideration and comment. Stakeholder input is sought specifically for the uniform definitions and required elements. The agency is also seeking feedback on the optimal timing for adoption of a new data management and sharing policy.

To help stakeholders prepare comments, NIH will host an informational webinar about the RFI on November 7 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. Comments must be submitted through the RFI website and are due December 10.