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NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Repositories

Provides information on the NIH policy updates for data management plans and sharing, effective January 25, 2023. Lack of compliance can lead to a delay in receipt of funds.


​How long should data be shared? 

  • Not one size fits all. Appropriate time frame varies across disciplines. ​

  • Consider relevant requirements and expectations:​

    • Data repository policies​

    • Award record retention requirements​

    •  Journal policies


  • Use of established repositories is encouraged​

  • Depositing data in a quality repository improves the FAIRness of data – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable​

  • NIH Institutes or Centers may designate specific repositories ​

  • Filterable list of 70+ NIH Repositories (​

  • ECU Dataverse or Open Science Framework 

Finding a Repository

Desirable Characteristics for All Data Repositories

  • Unique Persistent Identifiers​

  • Long-Term Sustainability​

  • Metadata​

  • Curation and Quality Assurance​

  • Free and Easy Access​

  • Broad and Measured Reuse 

  • Clear Use Guidance​

  • Security and Integrity​

  • Confidentiality​

  • Common Format ​

  • Provenance​

  • Retention Policy