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NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy

Oct 31, 2013

Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a draft Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy for public comments.  The policy promotes broad and responsible sharing of genomic data from NIH-supported and NIH-conducted research.  The draft GDS Policy is aligned with White House Administration priorities and the recent directive to agencies to increase access to digital scientific data resulting from federally funded research.

The policy applies to human and non-human genomic data generated from array-based and high-throughput genomic technologies, regardless of funding level or funding mechanism.  The policy addresses the responsibilities of investigators and institutions (e.g., data sharing plans, timelines, informed consent), the use of controlled-access data, and expectations regarding intellectual property.  Appendix A provides additional guidance on the types of research projects to which the GDS Policy applies and the NIH's expectations for data submission and release.

Comments on the draft GDS Policy must be submitted no later than 60 days after publication of the notice, which was on September 20, 2013.