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Data Management and Sharing Plan vs Resource Sharing Plan

The Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan and Resource Sharing Plan are separate attachments that may be required for your application. One does not necessarily replace the other.

NIH has a number of sharing policies. The Data Management and Sharing and Genomic Data Sharing Policies have been hot topics of late, but there are also Model Organism Sharing, Research Tool, and other policies that may also apply. See Which Policies Apply to My Research?

Data Management and Sharing Plan

  • Required for all applications submitted to funding opportunities subject to the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
  • Use new “Other Plan(s)” attachment field on PHS 398 Research Plan or PHS 398 Career Development Supplemental Form
  • Address data management and sharing
  • Address genomic data sharing (GDS) policy expectations when applicable
  • Respond to any NIH Institute and Center or program-specific expectations related to data sharing outlined in the specific funding opportunity

Resource Sharing Plan

  • Not always required
  • Use Resource Sharing Plan Attachment field on PHS 398 Research Plan, PHS 398 Career Development Supplemental Form, or PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form
  • Address other applicable NIH-wide sharing policies (e.g., Model Organism Sharing Policy, Research Tools Policy)
    • For example, if you create a new model organism as part of your research, a Resource Sharing Plan must be submitted.
  • Respond to any NIH Institute and Center or program-specific expectations related to non-data resources (e.g., software sharing) outlined in the specific funding opportunity

Please refer to the application instructions on the How to Apply – Application Guide page and the funding opportunity for additional requirements.

More information on NIH sharing policies can be found on the NIH scientific data sharing site. (Posted 3/20/23)

The ABCs of Authentication Plans

Are you proposing to use key biological and/or chemical resources like cell lines, specialty chemicals, antibodies, or other biologics in your application? The quality of resources used to conduct research is critical to the ability to reproduce the results, so to address scientific rigor in your NIH application, we ask you to include an authentication plan.

Not sure where to begin? Learn more about authentication plans:

(Posted 3/16/2023)

Make a Perfect Pair with NIH Matchmaker

The Matchmaker tool in RePORTER can help Investigators determine which IC may be interested in their idea, which NIH program official they might want to reach out to, and which study section they might want to suggest their application gets assigned to for review.  (Posted 2/13/23)

Reminder: NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing effective on January 25, 2023

The purpose of this notice is to remind the community of the effective date of the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) and summarize available key resources.

As noted in the Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (NOT-OD-21-013), the effective date of the DMS Policy is January 25, 2023 for competing grant applications submitted to NIH for the January 25, 2023 and subsequent receipt dates; proposals for contracts  submitted to NIH on or after January 25, 2023; NIH Intramural Research Projects conducted on or after January 25, 2023; and other funding agreements (e.g., Other Transactions)  executed on or after January 25, 2023, unless otherwise stipulated by NIH.

The DMS Policy applies to all NIH research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data. Note that the DMS Policy does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, for example: research training, fellowships, infrastructure development, and non-research activities. See Research Covered Under the Data Management & Sharing Policy for more details.

The DMS Policy has two basic requirements:

  1. Submission of a Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan outlining how scientific data and any accompanying metadata will be managed and shared, considering any potential restrictions or limitations. 
  2. Compliance with the Plan approved by the funding NIH Institute, Center, or Office.

Ultimately, the new DMS Policy promotes transparency and accountability in research by setting a minimum set of expectations for data management and sharing. This means that other NIH policies or NIH Institutes, Centers, Offices, or programs may build upon these expectations, for instance, by specifying scientific data to share, relevant standards, repository timelines, and/or shorter data sharing timelines for meeting programmatic needs, the DMS Policy sets a consistent baseline across NIH. (Posted 1/30/23)

Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2023

This Notice (NOT-OD-23-056) provides information regarding the salary limitation for grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards.  Effective January 1, 2023, the Executive Level II salary level is $212,100.  For issued awards that were restricted to Executive Level II (see historical record of salary cap @, including competing awards already issued in FY 2023, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, recipients may rebudget funds to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level.  (Posted 1/17/23)

FORMS-H: Instructions, Forms and a Handy Checklist

Investigators must use FORMS-H forms for grant application due dates on or after January 25, 2023.  The FORMS-H application instructions are posted and FORMS-H application packages are starting to show up on active opportunities.  The link provided here to the NIH Forms H checklist will help you navigate the changes.  Please do not hesitate to contact your OSP Pre-Award Grants Specialist for additional guidance. (Posted 1/3/23)

Data Management & Sharing Plan

The NIH Data Management & Sharing (DMS) Policy, effective January 25, 2023, applies to all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data. This includes all NIH-supported research regardless of funding level, including: extramural grants, extramural contracts, intramural research projects, and other funding agreements.  First, determine if your proposed research is subject to the DMS policy  Then, identify appropriate methods/approaches and repositories for managingandsharing scientific data.  

For applications being developed for due dates on/after January 25, 2023, Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plans will be collected in a NEW field called “Other Plans” on the PHS 398 Research Plan and Career Development Award forms. See Writing a DMS Plan for the details on what to include in a Plan.

Note that any costs to support data management and sharing should be accounted for in either the R&R Detailed Budget Form or the PHS 398 Modular Budget Form along with a brief justification of those costs.  NIH proides 7 examples of allowable costs for data management and sharing. See Important Updates for detailed information. (Posted 1/3/23)

2023 NIH Grants Conference on February  1-2

During this 2-day live event, NIH  experts will share policies, resources, guidance, and case studies in informative and engaging sessions.

If you missed the recent Feb 1-2 virtual event the video recordings and powerpoint presentations will be available in the NIH Grants Conference Center (Post updated 2/13/23)

NIH Grants Policy Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces publication of the updated NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. December 2022). The NIHGPS provides both up-to-date policy guidance that serves as NIH standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements, and extensive guidance to those who are interested in pursuing NIH grants.  See Significant Changes to the GPS for FY 2023 (Posted 1/8/23)


Forms-H Instructions & Additional Resources


Data Management and Sharing Tips & Resources


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