Am I expected to share all data generated during my research?

Answered By: Julie Goldman
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2022     Views: 13

No. Under the DMS Policy, researchers are expected to maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data, which is defined as data commonly accepted in the scientific community as being of sufficient quality to validate and replicate the research findings. Not all data generated during NIH-supported research will constitute scientific data under the DMS Policy. See the NIH FAQ for more.  

NIH Institutes, Centers, or Offices (ICOs), Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), and other NIH policies (e.g., the Genomic Data Sharing Policy) may have additional expectations for what data should be shared. 

Researchers are expected to maximize the appropriate sharing of any new, derived data generated as a result of their research. Note that the use of data obtained from repositories or other sources and derived data may be subject to limitations on sharing as a condition of access. 

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