The Research Data and Resource Sharing Plan has always been listed in the NIH Parent R01 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, RAS has come to our 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 R01:
Plan for Sharing Research Data
The precise content of the data-sharing plan will vary, depending on the data being collected and how the investigator is planning to share the data. Applicants who are planning to share data may wish to describe briefly the expected schedule for data-sharing, the format of the final dataset, the documentation to be provided, whether or not any analytic tools also will be provided, whether or not a data-sharing agreement will be required and, if so, a brief description of such an agreement (including the criteria for deciding who can receive the data and whether or not any conditions will be placed on their use), and the mode of data-sharing (e.g., under their own auspices by mailing a disk or posting data on their institutional or personal Web site, through a data archive or enclave). Investigators choosing to share under their own auspices may wish to enter into a data-sharing agreement. References to data-sharing may also be appropriate in other sections of the application.
Applicants requesting more than $500,000 in direct costs in any year of the proposed research must include a plan for sharing research data in their application. The funding organization will be responsible for monitoring the data-sharing policy (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/data_sharing).
The reasonableness of the data sharing plan or the rationale for not sharing research data may be assessed by the reviewers. However, reviewers will not factor the proposed data-sharing plan into the determination of scientific merit or the priority score.
Sharing Research Resources
NIH policy expects that grant 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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps_2013/nihgps_ch8.htm#_Toc271264950).
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 and any related data sharing plans Section VI.3. 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.”