NEW *** NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy mandate for Researchers

Dear Research Colleagues,

As you may know, a result of a new federal mandate, starting July 1, the Division of Research and Innovation (DRI) will be requiring NIH-funded investigators to use LabArchives to fulfill a requirement of the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy that took effect on January 25th, 2023.

New functionality in LabArchives will allow investigators to generate an NIH-compliant Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for their data sets that can be released at the time of publication or with an annual Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Also, these DOIs can be used to share NIH-funded results that will not be published. This can be done by request in the LabArchives system.

The HSC Library has provided detailed instructions that can be found in the LabArchives Guide. Requests will be evaluated within ten (10) business days by DRI for Intellectual Property (IP) compliance. If information/data associated with the DOI request does not compromise IP related to the project, the DOI will be approved. If the request is not approved because it requires additional evaluation or modifications, HSC Next will reach out to the Principal Investigator within two business days following the email notification that the request was not approved.

Publishing datasets is only one requirement in addition to more specific requirements given by NIH in general or a specific NIH-institute. Once the dataset is published, it will still need to be placed in a subject-specific or generalist repository recommended by the NIH. UNTHSC is currently in the process of procuring a generalist repository called “Dataverse” to provide a local solution for depositing datasets.

Also, please share this requirement and process with your research colleagues who may not be on this email list.

Please Contact Tom Cunningham ( with questions about the new NIH policy or Elizabeth Speer ( about LabArchives for more information.