Implementation of the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Today, January 25, 2023, marks the implementation date for the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy).  As such, for all applicable research, researchers will be required to submit a plan for outlining how scientific data and accompanying metadata will be managed and shared.

NIH will continue to work with the community to ensure the policy achieves our shared goal of accelerating biomedical research discovery. Please check out our resources, such as archived webinars and sample Data Management and Sharing Plans, available at https://sharing.nih.gov

Dr. Lawrence Tabak has issued an NIH Director’s Statement to mark this day.  Dr. Tabak’s statement can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at sharing@nih.gov or SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter: @NIH_OSP 

OSP Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural Summer Internship Program 

What are your plans for the summer? What about spending the summer at OSP building your science policy skills? If this sounds interesting, the OSP Summer Internship Program might be right for you. 

This virtual internship program will take place over the course of 8-12 weeks beginning in late May/early June 2023 and ending in August 2023.  Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2023, by 11:59 PM ET.   

To learn more about the available internship positions, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please visit: https://osp.od.nih.gov/get-involved/osp-summer-internship-program/

Questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.  You can also follow us on Twitter @NIH_OSP

How Bioethical Principles Are the Foundation of Great Research

Embedding ethics throughout the research process is essential to the conduct of science in service of society. At NIH, we are committed to this principle as identifying ethical issues early on can help researchers anticipate and prospectively address potentially important challenges that may impact public trust or uptake of research findings. Additionally, by developing practices, informed by lessons from bioethics studies, researchers can design more meaningful studies to achieve scientific and public health goals.

OSP has long promoted an integrated bioethics vision and strategy across NIH through a variety of mechanisms. These include hosting a symposium on the integration of bioethics and biomedical research, coordinating NIH committees on bioethics, and funding Institute and Center-supported bioethics workshops and grants. Another important mechanism is the   awarding of administrative supplements for research and capacity building related to bioethical matters. Over the past four years, NIH has awarded over 120 supplements spanning most of NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers (ICs).  These administrative supplements have helped support bioethics research in a wide range of fields including: human genome editing, citizen science, organoids, biobanks, and many others.

Recently, NIH published a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for a new round of administrative supplements available in FY 2023.  This year’s funding announcement was issued by 23 NIH ICs as well as several components of the NIH Office of the Director.  In addition to describing priority areas for OSP, the NOSI also lists areas of specific interest to each IC.  Interested applicants may propose to supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or to address a component related to bioethics in a biomedical and/or health-related behavioral research study.  Applications will be accepted until February 17, 2023.  

These administrative supplements are a unique opportunity to enhance the science that researchers are conducting, and I encourage all interested investigators to apply.  The NIH administrative supplement program has already helped build a significant bioethics evidence base in multiple policy areas. As the program continues, we hope to build on this success by addressing acute policy issues and helping the broader scientific community practice the best science possible. While the terms bioethics and biomedical research might not roll of the tongue as easily as peanut butter and jelly, the pairing is certainly just as sweet.

Lyric Jorgenson, PhD
Acting NIH Associate Director for Science Policy
About Lyric

NIH Seeks to Fund Innovative Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethics

NIH, through the Office of Science Policy, is announcing the availability of administrative supplements to support research on bioethical issues that either inform future policy directions or augment bioethics research capacity.  For more information, including special areas of interest and application instructions, please visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not-od-23-018.html.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm (applicant local time) on February 17, 2023.

For more information on prior supplements, see here.

Questions about specific IC research priorities should be directed to the contact listed in the notice. 

General questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.  You can also follow us on Twitter: @NIH_OSP