Policies and requirements related to sharing and publishing research data:

discovery, access, preservation, responsibilities/roles; FAIR; data ownership and transfer of data (UI); Data as a publication (NSF, NIH, others;

Funder Requirements | UI Requirements

Funder Requirements

Funder requirements and guidance undergo regular and frequent review.

To be assured of the most up-to-date requirements and guidance, review your funding opportunity announcement and the funder web site.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) may include requirements, or point to broader guidance and requirements according to the program, office, division, etc. which the FOA falls under.


See the NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data. NIH has also outlined Key Elements to Consider in Preparing a Data Sharing Plan.


Review the funding opportunity announcement for guidance and requirements, which may supersede increasingly broader and more general guidance at higher levels of a funding agency. Funding opportunity announcement > Program guidance > Division or Office guidance > Directorate guidance > Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

NSF Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program or other NSF unit.

Other Agency Guidelines and Policies

Here examples of other guidelines. This is not a comprehensive list; let us know if you do not see your funding source listed here:

UI Requirements

The University of Iowa has a number of policies and guidelines that should be accounted for as you create a data management (or data sharing) plan.

Data Classification, Export Controls

At the UI, research data falls into one of four classification levels. The classification level will determine how you should manage the data, and the infrastructure you use for your data, during and after your project.

Roles and Responsibilities

Post-project: Preservation, Data Transfer, Use Agreements, Data Sharing

Research Ethics

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Research Ethics Training: Requirements, approved courses