21 Feb NIH Updates Policy on Data Management for 2023
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently instated its new policy on Data Management and Sharing (DMS) that will have significant implications for the research community. This policy represents a major step forward in the way that data are managed and shared, and it is designed to enhance the transparency and reproducibility of scientific research. The policy applies to new NIH-funded projects that generate scientific data, such as research and career development awards, but not training, resource, and other similar grants. It requires that investigators and institutions prospectively plan how data will be managed and shared in accordance with specific principles and guidelines. It also encourages researchers to make their data publicly available through established repositories.
The NIH’s new policy on DMS is part of a broader effort to increase access to research data and promote scientific collaboration. The policy is designed to promote the sharing of data in a way that is consistent with ethical principles and legal requirements, and to ensure that research data is managed in a way that is secure and accessible. The hope is that the new policy will also encourage greater collaboration among researchers, as well as improve the efficiency and reproducibility in biomedical research. By promoting greater transparency in scientific research, the NIH’s new policy on DMS is expected to have a transformative effect on the research community, ultimately leading to more rigorous and reliable scientific findings.