Research Methods, Management, & Funding Guide

This guide provides resources related to research methods, research management, and research funding/grants.

NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan (DMSP) - Policies Effective Jan 25, 2023

All new funding requests submitted to NIH on or after Jan 25, 2023, are required to include a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP).

  • 2-page (maximum) document accompanying funding application
  • Describes the data and documentation types to be created; related tools, software, and code; related standards; data preservation and access timelines; access, distribution, or reuse considerations [restrictions/limitations]; and oversight of data management and sharing

NIH has stated that a primary goal for the new policy is cultural change, aimed at challenging researchers to develop their projects from the start with the goal of data sharing in mind.

Researchers are expected to share the results of their NIH-funded studies throughout the life of the project in order to

  • maximize research outcomes (taxpayer dollars)
  • while supporting research rigor & reproducibility

Slides from SHSU Workshop

Example Plans

Selecting a Data Repository


General Guidelines

  • Encourages use of existing, quality repositories
  • Choose a domain-specific repository whenever possible
  • Generalist repositories can fill the gap when needed
  • Don't share the same data in multiple repositories


Desirable Characteristics of a Repository

  • Unique Persistent Identifiers (e.g., DOI, HANDLE, PURL)
  • Long-Term Sustainability
  • Metadata
  • Curation and Quality Assurance
  • Free and Easy Access (i.e., free for use, not necessarily for deposit)
  • Broad and Measured Reuse
  • Clear Use Guidance
  • Security and Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Common Format
  • Provenance
  • Retention Policy


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