Beginning Jan. 25, 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require researchers nationwide to include a Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMSP) in all research funding applications. The Research Informatics Office (RIO) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is offering resources to support researchers through this transition and ensure compliance with this new NIH policy, including an upcoming virtual Town Hall meeting.
Navigating the NIH’s New Data Management and Sharing Policy
Live Online Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, 11 a.m. – Noon (MST)
At this live Zoom event, the RIO team will provide an overview of the NIH’s new DMSP, highlight our campus response to data management and sharing needs, and offer a chance for researchers to ask questions about the impact of the new policy requirements. The Town Hall is open to all CU Anschutz team members. Please register online in advance.
Working group shares additional resources
The Chief Research Informatics Officer Council includes delegates from all schools, hospital partners and major campus units to provide guidance on research infrastructure and data governance at CU Anschutz. The council has convened a DMSP Working Group to determine campus needs and responses to the new policy. The group is focused on providing examples of DMSPs and creating concierge services for researchers, as well as defining infrastructure needs.
The detailed policy changes can be found online, and key features are described on the NIH DMSP website. The policy applies to all NIH-funded research. However, it does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, including training, infrastructure development and non-research activities. A grant’s annual Notice of Award is dependent on Research Performance Progress Reports, and grant budgets may include costs for preserving and sharing data. These funds must be spent during the funding period.
The suggested DMSP length is two pages and is not a scored component of proposals. NIH has provided a draft DMSP template, which includes documentation relating to data types, tools and software, standards, timelines for sharing, and privacy and compliance considerations. Scientific data should be made accessible as soon as possible, and no later than the time of an associated publication or the end of performance period.
Guest contributor: Melissa Haendel, PhD, Chief Research Informatics Officer at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.