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NIH Public Access Policy

NIH requirements for public access to scholarly articles published as a result of NIH awards, with help for UCSF researchers.

NIH's Data Sharing Policies

In addition to the Public Access Policy for published articles, the NIH also has requirements for how its awardees make their datasets available to the public. The current policies are:

  1. NIH Data Sharing Policy - investigators seeking more than $500K or more in direct costs in any single year must include a data sharing plan with their application (or state why data sharing is not possible);
  2. Genomic Data Sharing Policy - applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, regardless of the funding level, as well as the use of these data for subsequent research.
  3. Institute-specific policies are in place for several NIH institutes, often with a requirement to deposit data in a specific repository.

NIH will be releasing a new, comprehensive data sharing policy later this year as a result of a 2013 White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive. The OSTP Directive affects all federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures (read more).

See the Library's grid of all federal agencies that provide awards to UCSF researchers, with information about their publication and data sharing policies.


Data Management & Sharing Help

The Library is here to help with your questions around publisher/funder data management and sharing requirements!

See our guide that addresses:

  • How to create a data management plan
  • How to organize, store and secure your data
  • What tools are available for sharing and visualizing your data
  • Where to find datasets
  • Who to ask for help