Data Repositories and Trusted Partners

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Where to Submit Genomic Data

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Data Repositories Established as NIH Trusted Partners 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) promotes data sharing as an essential element to facilitate the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. To achieve this goal, NIH has created a central repository model for data storage and distribution through the database for Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP). However, in light of the increasing volume and complexity of the data, which necessitate innovative solutions for storing and presenting the data, NIH is exploring new models for data management resources, including structured partnerships with external organizations or “trusted partners.”

A “trusted partner” is defined as a public or private, national or international organization that is able to meet core NIH standards for establishing data quality and data management service protocols for NIH, based on the programmatic need of an NIH funding Institute or Center (IC). A trusted partnership can be established only through a contract mechanism between an NIH funding IC and the trusted partner organization. Contracts are awarded through an IC’s standard acquisition and negotiation processes. NIH funding ICs that are interested in submitting an application to establish a trusted partnership should contact GDS staff at:

NIH Established Trusted Partners