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Data Management Toolkit

This toolkit provides guidance for writing a data management plan. It also includes information about services and tools for data management.

General information

NIH requests that all extramural applicants seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any one year provide a data-sharing plan in their applications. Researchers submitting grant, cooperative, or contract applications will be required to include a data sharing plan or an explanation of why data sharing is not possible.Blocks ow wood with letters on them

Data sharing plans or an explanation should be addressed in a brief paragraph placed after the research plan. The precise content of the data sharing plan will vary depending on the data being collected. The following may be included:

  • Schedule for data sharing
  • Format of final dataset
  • Documentation to be provided
  • Analytical tools to be provided, if any
  • Need for data sharing agreement
  • Mode of data sharing


Below is a list of key NIH resources about data sharing: