October 18, 2018

NIH Requests Input on New Data Sharing Policy

The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a request for information (RFI) on proposed provisions Oct. 11 to serve as a foundation for a new data management and sharing policy that replaces data-sharing rules first established for its various institutes in 2003.

The NIH’s proposed provisions suggest updated requirements for the responsible management and sharing of scientific data from all intramural and extramural research either funded or supported by its 27 institutes and centers. The proposed provisions focus on a requirement that NIH-affiliated projects include a plan identifying strategies that ensure appropriate data security and privacy protections while preserving and providing access to their data. Non-compliance with an NIH-approved plan would be factored into the agency’s decision-making around funding or supporting future projects.

The NIH will discuss the proposed provisions during a Nov. 7 webinar.

Comments on the proposed provisions are due Dec. 10. The NIH will use them to guide development of a draft data management and sharing policy. It will be released for public comment as well.

If ACR members are interested in providing feedback for potential inclusion in the College’s formal comment submission regarding the proposed provisions and/or the future draft policy, please contact Tina Getachew, Program Specialist, Government Relations, at tgetachew@acr.org.