NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy and Institutional Certification Process

On January 25, 2015, NIH announced its final Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy. The policy’s intent is to provide broad and responsible sharing of genomic research data, ultimately leading to the rapid translation of data into knowledge, products, and procedures that both improve health and protect the privacy of research participants. This policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data, as well as the use of these data for subsequent research: Large-scale data include genome-wide association studies (GWAS), single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) arrays, and genome sequence, transcriptomic, metagenomics, epigenomic, and gene expression data, irrespective of funding level and funding mechanism (e.g., grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or intramural support). Investigators should contact NIH program officials as early as possible to discuss expectations and timelines for data sharing in a particular 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

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