Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Last year the NIH announced the Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which took effect January 25, 2023.  As of December 31, 2023, the University of Iowa has submitted approximately 450 proposals to NIH requiring a data management and sharing plan.

The UI DMS Working Group continues to monitor NIH guidance regarding the policy and provides the following resources to assist the UI research community in complying with NIH requirements for data management and sharing.

On-Line Resources

UI NIH Data Management & Sharing website

NIH Writing a Data Management & Sharing Plan 

Checklist for NIH Data Management & Sharing Plans - UI resource

Consultation and Workshops

Brian Westra, Data Services Librarian for the UI Libraries, consults with researchers regarding good data management, from planning before a project, to managing data during research, to preserving, curating, and sharing or publishing research data. Brian conducts training for individuals, teams, departments, etc. either in person or via Zoom. Request a consultation or workshop.

Intellectual Property Considerations

NIH recognizes the importance of federally-funded university research in the commercial development of inventions that benefit the public, and the agency has recently released an FAQ answer that addresses concerns university inventors may have about the impact that data sharing might have on their ability to obtain patent protection for inventions. 

If you have questions about the impact of data sharing on your ability to patent inventions, please contact the University of Iowa Research Foundation.   


  • At the University of Iowa, the PI is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP). 
  • For projects involving human subjects, the informed consent document and the IRB application should be consistent with the DMSP.
  • When applicable, the data certification requirement for genomic data is a distinct requirement in addition to the DMSP plan.