Librarians will help researchers prepare for new NIH data sharing rules

September 14, 2022

Are you interested in NIH grants? There’s a new data policy for proposal due dates on or after January 25, 2023. These new data management and sharing requirements will affect all NIH-funded research that produce scientific data. 

VCU Libraries is collaborating with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Data Science Lab and the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research to support VCU researchers in this new policy. The libraries offer the DMPtool, which has templates for writing the new Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP). VCU Libraries also supports the Open Science Framework, which the NIH has approved as a generalist repository for preserving and sharing researchers’ non-sensitive scientific data. 

VCU Libraries has more information in an online guide.

Research data will be shared sooner and by more studies than before. For many research teams, this change will require updating data workflows during data collection, cleaning and analysis. 

For help developing new data workflows, librarians are available to talk to classes about data management, open data, F.A.I.R. data and reproducibility. Need a consultation on data management and sharing plans? Talk to your specialist librarian Erin Carrillo (, Julie Arendt (, Ronke Lawal (, Talicia Tarver (, or Research Data Librarian Nina Exner ( to set up guest lectures, training sessions or an appointment.


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