- Starting with the October 1, 2003 receipt date, investigators submitting an NIH application seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year are expected to include a plan for data sharing or state why data sharing is not possible.
From NIH's Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guide:
The precise content of the data-sharing plan will vary, depending on the data being collected and how the investigator is planning to share the data. Applicants who are planning to share data may wish to describe briefly:
- the expected schedule for data sharing,
- the format of the final dataset,
- the documentation to be provided,
- whether or not any analytic tools also will be provided,
- whether or not a data-sharing agreement will be required and, if so, a brief description of such an agreement (including the criteria for deciding who can receive the data and whether or not any conditions will be placed on their use),
- and the mode of data sharing (e.g., under their own auspices by mailing a disk or posting data on their institutional or personal website, through a data archive or enclave).
For more information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/data_sharing/data_sharing_guidance.htm