NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy: Policy Summary

A guide to help you prepare for NIH's Data Management & Sharing Policy. The policy is in effect for funding applications received on or after January 25, 2023.

New Requirements


Effective beginning January 25, 2023, all applications for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding that result in the generation of scientific data are required to plan for managing and sharing project data and comply with those plans during the project. This new Data Management & Sharing Policy applies to projects at all funding levels. Previously, NIH's 2003 Data Sharing Policy required data sharing plans and activities only for proposals seeking $500K or more in direct costs.


NIH describes the policy as a way to promote the sharing of scientific data to accelerate research discovery in biomedical fields and to create a "consistent minimum expectation for all research supported by the agency."

This Guide

This guide summarizes key elements of planning for and accomplishing the requirements set forth in the policy. It is not a substitute for reading the relevant policy, supplemental information, and guidance provided by NIH. Access all of NIH's material relevant to the policy at


Planning: Information for proposal writing and pre-award stages of your NIH proposal

Doing: Information for awarded project and post-award stages of your NIH proposal

Additional Resources

Consult KU Libraries' Research Data Management guidance for basic data management practices.

KU Medical Center (KUMC) affiliates can contact the KUMC Data Concierge for guidance on available data resources at KUMC.

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