Reminder: NIH Grant Applications and the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-083

Key Dates
Release Date: March 20, 2015

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice serves to remind applicants preparing NIH grant applications of the following expectations related to the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy (NOT-OD-14-124):

  • Grant applications are expected to state in the cover letter that the studies proposed will generate large-scale human and/or non-human genomic data.
  • Applications proposing such research are expected to include a genomic data sharing plan. Guidance on developing data sharing plans may be found here:
  • Applicants who wish to use controlled-access human genomic data from NIH-designated data repositories as a secondary user, to achieve the specific aim(s) of the research proposed, in the Research Plan of the application should:
  • briefly address their plans for requesting access to the data, and
  • state their intention to abide by the NIH Genomic Data User Code of Conduct.


Note that instructions in individual Funding Opportunity Announcements supersede the guidance given here.

Additional information on the GDS Policy may be found here:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Genomic Data Sharing Policy Team
Office of Science Policy
Telephone: 301-496-9838