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Resources for the New NIH DMS Policy

By Erin F. Jones, BA, manager of research operations for Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neuropsychology Department

On January 25, 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented a new policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS; NOT-OD-21-013). The policy applies to new and competing proposals or renewals that generate scientific data and requires investigators to submit a detailed DMS plan outlining how generated data will be stored, protected and shared.

The Office of Research Administration at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Data Services have compiled comprehensive resource webpages for their respective institutions. Each webpage includes links to resources, frequently asked questions and sample DMS plans. 

Among the resources available to assist investigators with creating DMS Plans, DMPTool, a free, online tool, can be used to help organize a DMS plan specific to a funder’s requirements. To use this tool, investigators should log into the DMPTool website using their JHED (Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory) credentials. The DMPTool website also includes a searchable library of public plans created by other investigators.

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at Kennedy Krieger Institute supports any investigator doing intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) research at the Institute, regardless of independent funding status. A range of specialized services, including one-time consultation and navigation services, are available through the IDDRC’s Cores:

To learn more about the wide array of services provided through the IDDRC, or to access the IDDRC Application Portal, please visit IDDRC.KennedyKrieger.org. As always, please kindly remember to acknowledge the IDDRC (P50 HD103538) in publications and presentations resulting from IDDRC support.