See the Glossary for more terms.
Table of Contents
See the following documents:
NIH requires all applicants and offerors applying for a grant or contract who plan to produce new, genetically modified variants of model organisms to include a plan for sharing those organisms in their grant applications or contract proposals, or state why sharing is not possible.
You must share new, genetically modified variants of model organisms, including non-human mammalian and non-mammalian eukaryotic models. NIH Model Organisms for Biomedical Research lists other organisms that require a sharing plan.
For most research grants, you need a sharing plan or a justification for why you are not providing one, if you plan to develop a new model organism. Go to Write the Research Strategy in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
You can find new genetically modified models and contact information at NIH Model Organisms for Biomedical Research.
That depends. Institutional training awards (T32 and T35) are not affected. For fellowships (F), discuss model organism sharing with your mentor, and confirm that he or she has addressed the issue. For career development awards (K), the policy applies if your project involves developing model organisms.
Go to NIH's What should be addressed in my sharing plan?
Yes. Before you apply, discuss your proposed plan with an NIAID program officer. Go to When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.
Put the plan in the Resource Sharing Plans section of the PHS 398 Research Plan form. It does not count toward the the Research Strategy page limit.
Go to Write the Research Strategy in the Strategy for NIH Funding for more information.
For contract proposals, follow the instructions in the solicitation.
Peer reviewers assess the plan during review, and your program officer assesses its adequacy after review. You may want to discuss the plan with your program officer before you submit the application.
Though not factored into your overall impact score, the review assessment is recorded in the summary statement for follow-up. While an inadequate plan would not create a bar to award, it flags the program officer to make sure an acceptable plan is in place before we make an award.
For a noncompeting award, your program officer will consider your willingness to share as one criterion for continued funding. He or she may also be able to help you develop your plan.
No. Read more in Who assesses my plan to share model organisms?
In your plan, specify if and how you will exercise your intellectual property rights. Work with your institution's technology transfer or other appropriate office.
NIH grantees and contractors.
Yes. In your budget, you can request funds to create and disseminate model organisms. See the Sharing Model Organisms SOP for details.
Yes. Document your sharing of resources in your progress report by indicating the number of requests for your model you received and filled. Read Send Us an Annual Progress Report in the Strategy for NIH Funding for more information.
See What should I do if I think a researcher is supposed to share his or her reagents, model organisms, or data, but isn’t? in our Sharing Data questions and answers.
If this policy applies to you, contact an NIAID program officer before applying. See When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer for contact information.
Contractors and offerors should ask the contracts staff member listed in the solicitation. See the Extramural R&D Solicitations list or Office of Acquisitions staff listing.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. We answer questions by email and post them here. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.
Last Updated October 29, 2014
Last Reviewed July 25, 2014