NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Guidance
Effective January 25, 2015
The NIH has announced the final Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy effective January 25, 2015.  This policy sets forth new expectations to ensure “broad and responsible sharing of genomic research data.”

The GDS Policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data as well as use of these data for subsequent research.   With regard to the effective date, this Policy applies to:
  • Competing grant applications that are submitted to NIH for the January 25, 2015 receipt date or subsequent receipt dates;
  • Proposals for contracts that are submitted to NIH on or after January 25, 2015; and
  • NIH intramural research projects generating genomic data on or after January 25, 2015.
Investigators should contact NIH program officials “as early as possible” to discuss expectations and timelines for data sharing applicable to a proposed study.  In addition, funding proposals must include a section for GDS within the Resource Sharing Plan and the project budget should include any resources needed to support the GDS plan (e.g., preparation of data for submission). The NIH anticipates that a more detailed GDS plan be provided as part of Just-In-Time information.

The Institutional Certification (for sharing human data), should also be provided to the funding IC prior to award, along with any other Just-in-Time information.  Subsequently, the GDS plan will be referenced as condition of award.  Compliance with the GDS plan will typically be reviewed by the funding NIH IC at the time of annual progress reports or other appropriate scientific project reviews, or at other times, depending on the reporting requirements specified by the IC for specific programs or projects.

Please find additional resouces under "Related Information".

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in coordination with the VUMC Office of Research (OOR) and the VU Provost Office (VUPO) are available to assist in understanding and complying with the new Policy.  Please contact Clint Brown, OSP, for project proposal and Institutional Certification questions and Susan Meyn, OOR, or Elizabeth Rapisarda, VUPO, as appropriate, for guidance/questions pertaining to specific genomic data sharing requirements for existing and/or proposed projects.