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Research Data Management (Health Sciences)

Who Requires a DMP?

In February of 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies that provide significant research funding develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. Among other requirements, the memo stipulated that researchers receiving federal grants for scientific research develop data management plans describing how they will provide for long-term preservation of, and access to, scientific data in digital formats resulting from federally funded research, or explain why long-term preservation and access cannot be justified.

Source: OSTP Memorandum, February 22, 2013

National Institutes of Health - DMP Requirement

Investigators submitting an NIH application seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year are expected to include a plan for data sharing or state why data sharing is not possible.

The NIH policy on data sharing applies: 

  • to the sharing of final research data for research purposes;
  • to basic research, clinical studies, surveys, and other types of research supported by NIH;
  • to research that involves human subjects;
  • to laboratory research that does not involve human subjects.

In NIH's view, all data should be considered for data sharing. Data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data.

Source: NIH Data Sharing Policy: Goals, accessed 6/14/17

For more information on NIH's DMP requirements:

National Science Foundation - DMP Requirement

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.

Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.

Source: NSF: Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results, accessed 6/14/17

For more information:

Other Agency Requirements

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Department of Defense (DOD):

Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

For more information, the following sites maintain lists of federal agency data management guidelines:

Northwestern University Libraries: Federal Funding Agency Requirements

SPARC: Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency.

Gates Foundation: requires that data underlying published research be accessible and open immediately.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: requires that data, software, and tangible research materials are made available to enable other scientists to reproduce and extend the results of publications. 

American Heart Association: requires data that is needed for independent verification of research results be made freely and publicly available in an AHA-approved repository within 12 months of the end of the funding period (not required for some early-career awards).

For more information, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries maintains a list of  US private funders public access mandates & policies.


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