Tufts University needs to ensure compliance with federal requirements (mainly NSF and NIH, but including all agencies under The White House Office of Science and Technology Protocol’s (OSTP) guidance). Below are useful links to policy and guidelines around data management from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The National Institute of Health (NIH)

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies

(Table use with permission from the Libraries – Data Management Research Guides Federal funding table.)

US Federal Funding Agency Policy and Guideline Status Additional Information
Department of Energy DOE’s CIO has primary responsibility to ensure that Information Technology (IT) is acquired and information resources are managed in a manner consistent with statutory, regulatory, and Departmental requirements and priorities. With this responsibility, the CIO provides information resources management advice and assistance to the Secretary of Energy and to other senior managers. DOE PoliciesStandard Research Terms and Conditions

ARM Data Sharing and Distribution Policy

Developing Data Management Policy and Guidance Documents for your NARSTO Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA does have an official data management and sharing policy. Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Environmental Protection AgencyPolicy, Regulation and Guidance

Survey of EPA and Other Federal Agency Scientific Data Management Policies and Guidance 2010

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) IMLS does not have an official data management and sharing policy. General Terms and Conditions for IMLS Discretionary Awards, sect. 23: Data Collection (p.11)IMLS Open Government Web Page
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) “NASA promotes the full and open sharing of all data with the research and applications communities, private industry, academia, and the general public.” Data and Information PolicyData Rights and other Issues
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) NEH does not have an official data management and sharing policy. General Terms and Conditions for Awards to Organizations
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) requires data management plans for their new grant program Digital Humanities Implemenetation Grants (DHIG) Data Management Plans for NEH Office of Digital Humanities Proposals and Awards
National Institutes of Health (NIH) “The NIH expects and supports the timely release and sharing of final research data from NIH-supported studies for use by other researchers. …[I]nvestigators 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.”Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library NIH Manuscript Submission NIH Grants Policy Statement (10/12): See 8.2 Availability of Research Results: Publications, Intellectual Property Rights, and Sharing Research ResourcesFinal NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data

Data Sharing Regulations/Policy/Guidance Chart for NIH Awards

NIH Data Sharing Policy and Implementation Guidance (Mar 5, 2003) (includes examples)

Frequently Asked Questions on Data Sharing (Feb 16, 2004)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “The Federal Ocean Data Policy requires that appropriate ocean data and related information collected under federal sponsorship be submitted to and archived by designated national data centers.” Data Submission Policies and Guidelines
National Science Foundation (NSF) “Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.”
“Proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled ‘Data Management Plan’. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.”
Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPP Guide)
Data Management & Sharing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Specific program guidance:

  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)