The DMSP must include the following key elements and should be concise (2-pages or fewer). Plans should be updated throughout the award.
What do I have to do? As a part of all new funding applications, you must make all scientific data generated in the course of NIH-sponsored research openly available for view and reuse. You must also submit a Data Management Plan as a part of your application for funding which outlines what steps will be taken to preserve and share your data.
Why is the NIH doing this? The NIH believes that sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.
Who does this apply to? The new Data Management and Sharing Policy applies to all investigators funded in whole or in part by the NIH. This includes many UW faculty and researchers.
What is meant by scientific data? From the Policy: “The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications. Scientific data do not include laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, completed case report forms, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, communications with colleagues, or physical objects, such as laboratory specimens.”
When do I have to share my data by? No later than date of associated publication or end of award/support period (whichever comes first) data must be made available online in either a subject or generalist repository.
With regards to storage, preservation, and sharing, the NIH has also released supplemental information intended to help researchers choose a data repository, as well as a table that provides a list of NIH-supported scientific data repositories.
Generally speaking, NIH recommends:
For more information on creating your own Data Management Plan, or any other area of the data management process, contact the Scholarly Communication and Publishing (SCP) Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW Libraries provides researchers the ability to create and manage Data Management Plans using DMPTool. DMPTool walks users step-by-step through the requirements for a variety of funders, provides examples, and exports a text-based data management plan that can easily be inserted into a grant. To get started, login at https://dmptool.org/, choose the University of Washington as your institution, and enter your NetID and password.
If you’d like Scholarly Communications and Publishing to help you create a custom template for your department, lab, or research projects, email email@example.com.
Where can I get help?
Human Subjects Division
Local data storage
Office of Research