Genomic research advances our understanding of factors that influence health and disease. Genomic data is a critical shared resource and valuable tool for research that benefits the scientific community.
To facilitate the translation of research results into applications that improve human health, NIH expects institutions and researchers to broadly and responsibly share genomic data generated by NIH funds. Those expectations are set out in NIH’s Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy.
As a steward of genomic data, NIH has an obligation to ensure compliance with its GDS policy and to promote and facilitate responsible sharing of data subject to the policy.
GDS Policy Overview
NIH expects the broad and responsible sharing of human as well as non-human genomic data resulting from NIH-funded research because the timely sharing of research results can accelerate discoveries that improve our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Learn about the GDS Policy expectations for investigators and institutions.
Does GDS Apply to My Research?
Learn what types of research projects do and do not fall under NIH’s GDS Policy, and what to do if a project predates the GDS policy.