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Biosciences for Researchers

This guide is designed to support graduate students, researchers, post-docs and faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology.

Research Data Management

Research Data Management

Research data management and research data management plans are an important facet of any scientific research project. Many journals and funding agencies require a research data management plan in some form or another. Whether it's about making your research as open as possible, being a model scholar for reproducibility or internally structuring your data in a way that will be comprehensible to your colleagues, research data management is a growing need. Librarians are here to help you ensure that you are optimizing your research data management!

Common Funder Requirements

The National Science Foundation has a data management plan requirement in place. The NSF began the requirement in 2011 and has since made updates and clarifications to the requirements.

PAPPG 19 includes details under chapter IX.2.4

Highlights of NSF Requirement:

  • No more than 2 pages
  • Label "Data Management Plan"
  • Part of the merit review
  • Outline a plan to make your publication associated data public

Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Public Access

Biological Sciences Directorate Guidance 

Other division, office, directorate specific guidance is linked from the Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results page.  

NIH requires a plan outlining the parameters of research data sharing be included with application materials if that grant exceeds $500,000 in a year. NIH also encourages the broad sharing of data wherever possible. 

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance


  • Data should be made available upon acceptance of an associated publication
  • Avoid only supplying summary statistics, data should be in raw form
  • Human or sensitive data should be de-identified
  • Methods for data sharing can include; data archive, data enclave, mixed methods or PI controlled
  • Examples of data management statements from NIH

NIH Sharing Policies and related guidance on NIH-Funded Research Resources

NIH Data Sharing Policies - Data sharing policies by NIH institute or center along with potential repositories

Genomic Data:

Genomic Data Sharing Policy

Supplemental Information to the GDS Policy - including timetables for release of human and non-human data

NIH Partner Genomic Repositories

Get Help!

The library is happy to provide assistance with data management plans. Please book a time with me or email me to discuss your data management plan. This guide will walk you through the steps of creating a data management plan: 

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