NIH Data Management/Sharing Policy Update

The new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy went into effect in January 2023. This means that if you are submitting a NIH grant application that will produce scientific data, you need to include a 1-2 page data management plan that describes the type and format of data you plan to collect or produce and how you will share and preserve it. The new NIH DMS policy establishes the expectation that data sharing is a fundamental component of the research process, maximizing the public’s access to NIH-funded research results. 

Here is the latest on the NIH DMS policy: 

NIH Application Budgeting Instructions Update: NIH will no longer require a single Data Management & Sharing cost line item in proposal budgets! For applications submitted on or after October 5, 2023, DMS costs should be requested in appropriate cost categories (e.g., personnel, equipment, supplies, and other expenses). For more information, see

Do you need to revise your approved NIH DMS plan? Your plan is a living document and can be updated as needed (e.g., you identified a better data repository for your data). Effective October 12, 2023, changes to an approved DMS plan must be submitted using the Prior Approval Module in eRA Commons. For more information, see

Do you have questions about your DMS plan? Bring them along with your draft plan to our weekly online NIH DMSP Office Hours held every Thursday at 9 AM. A data management consultant from either the Duke Office of Scientific Integrity, the Duke University Libraries, or the Medical Center Library & Archives will provide you with customized help. To register, go to and look for the next available “NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan (DMSP) Office Hours.”

Please contact Lesley Skalla ( if you have additional questions about the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy.