Accessing Genomic Data

NIH maintains many repositories for genomic datasets. Learn what types of repositories exist, how to apply for access to restricted datasets, and the responsibilities of users who download human genomic data from NIH databases.

NIH expects users of human genomic datasets to responsibly manage and protect the privacy of the human research participants who contributed to the datasets. Users must agree to abide by the terms of NIH’s Genomic Data User Code of Conduct as well as the Data User Certification Agreement before downloading any data. Violating the terms may result in losing access to the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), NIH’s central repository for human genomic data and associated phenotypic data.