October workshops to help investigators prepare for NIH data policy changes

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Posted September 30, 2022 by Ashley Washburn

A university working group is hosting information sessions Oct. 25-26 to help Nebraska researchers prepare for changes to the National Institutes of Health’s data management and sharing policy. All researchers are welcome, and principal investigators who are planning to submit NIH proposals in 2023 are strongly encouraged to attend.

Two sessions are available; participants should register for the session that works best for their schedule.

Training will cover a range of topics. Speakers will share an overview of UNL’s resources for investigators submitting NIH proposals and how to develop a data management and sharing plan. During a panel discussion, Nebraska researchers with previous experience sharing data from NIH-funded projects will offer their tips, as will researchers working with other agencies on accelerating the rate of research through open science. Attendees also will learn which types of projects are covered under NIH policy, outlets for data sharing and budgeting for data management and sharing.

The workshops are part of International Open Access Week, Oct. 24-30, aimed at creating pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing. A goal of the new policy is improving access to NIH-funded data and enabling faster dissemination of scientific findings that can benefit society, said Jen Nelson, assistant vice chancellor for research.

In the coming months, the working group will host additional workshops to give investigators opportunities to work one-on-one with campus representatives to develop their data management and sharing plan. Details are forthcoming.

The working group includes members from the Office of Research and Economic Development, including Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance Services; University Libraries; Information Technology Services; Holland Computing Center; and the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative. Additional information about the policy, approved Oct. 29, 2020, is available at NIH.gov. For more information about the workshops or UNL resources, contact Liz Lorang, associate dean for research and learning, University Libraries; and Jen Nelson, assistant vice chancellor for research.

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