Information on the Resource Sharing Plan for R21’s (PA-06-181- parent R21)
R21 does NOT require data-sharing; R01 requires both Data and Resource sharing).
The Resource Sharing Plan has always been listed in the NIH Parent R21 PA-06-181 as a required narrative – especially for biomedical research, though the language is such that if sharing is not appropriate/possible, it's not mandatory (the sharing -- not the file!).
While lack of this narrative does not prompt errors at eCommons, it has come to RAS’s attention that this NIH initiative is being pointed out to review panels. While the plan may not affect the review score, it IS a factor at the funding stage! We don’t want our MIT applications passed up for the lack of attention to this item.
So while prior MIT submissions may have been submitted without this plan, ERA team is noting all applications where this is not addressed by the PI in any NIH opportunity that notes this as a requirement.
Please pass this information on to your PI– cut straight from NIH Parent R21: PA-06-181
Sharing Research DATA is NOT applicable for R21.
Sharing Research Resources
NIH policy requires that grant awardee recipients make unique research resources readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication (See the NIH Grants Policy Statement:
Investigators responding to this funding opportunity should include a sharing research resources plan addressing how unique research resources will be shared or explain why sharing is not possible.
The adequacy of the resources sharing plan will be considered by Program staff of the funding organization when making recommendations about funding applications. The effectiveness of the resource sharing will be evaluated as part of the administrative review of each Non-Competing Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590). See Section VI.3. “Reporting.”