The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Science Policy, seeks public comments on a draft policy and supplemental draft guidance on data management and sharing. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing to further NIH's commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public.
NIH's mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Sharing scientific data advances this mission by enhancing NIH's stewardship of taxpayer funds and maximizing research participants' contributions. Moreover, increasing access to scientific data resulting from NIH-funded or conducted research advances biomedical research by enabling the validation of scientific results, allowing analyses to be strengthened by combining data, facilitating reuse of hard-to-generate data, and accelerating future research.