Updated Instructions on Budgeting for NIH DMS costs

Per NIH notice, NOT-OD-23-161, effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after October 5, 2023, NIH has eliminated the single cost line item in the R&R Budget Form for detailed budgets. However, NIH will continue to require applicants to specify estimated DMS cost details in a designated section of the “Budget Justification” attachment of the R&R Budget Form.  The updated instructions for the R&R Budget Form state:

"Provide a brief summary of type and amount of scientific data to be preserved and shared and the name of the established repository (ies) where they will be preserved and shared. Indicate general cost categories such as curating data and developing supporting documentation, local data management activities, preserving and sharing data through established repositories, etc., including an amount for each category and a brief explanation. Specify in the justification if no costs will be incurred for Data Management and Sharing, if applicable. The recommended length of the justification should be no more than half a page."

The instructions for Modular budgets remain the same.

NIH just updated their detailed budget application instructions to reflect these changes, and updated their DMS Budget/Costs FAQs. We have updated our Guidance on the NIH Data Management & Sharing (DMS) Policy, with Budget Justification guidance to reflect these changes. f you have any questions, please reach out to your SPA Project Officer, or contact [email protected].

September 13, 2023