Sharing Model Organisms SOP

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.

Some links will work for NIAID staff only.


To require investigators to include a plan for sharing unique model organisms in their grant application or contract proposal.


Investigators who are applying for a grant or contract and plan to produce new, genetically modified variants of model organisms (including non-human mammalian and non-mammalian eukaryotic models) must provide a plan for sharing these organisms.

Investigators and Applicants

Program Officers

  • Work with PIs to develop acceptable data sharing plans for their application.
  • After review, assess the appropriateness and adequacy of investigators' proposed plans based on comments from the review panel.
  • Direct investigators to existing repositories or national coordinating centers.
  • When evaluating noncompeting applications, consider adequate progress in model organism sharing and a willingness to make research resources widely available as part of the criteria for continued funding.
  • Use sharing language in the boilerplate for RFAs, PAs, and solicitations. 

Grants Management Specialists

  • Issue a restricted award if the program officer finds the sharing plan unacceptable.
  • Remove a restriction after receiving a revised sharing plan that is acceptable to program staff.

Contracting Officers

  • Work with offerors to ensure steps similar to those described above are taken before award.

Scientific Review Officers

  • Request that reviewers describe their assessment of any plans in the Resource Sharing Plans section of the application.
  • Record reviewer comments or any deficiencies in the Resource Sharing Plans section of the Summary Statement.
  • Ensure that peer reviewers do not factor model organism plans into their overall impact scores unless responding to RFAs or solicitations directed to the development of model organisms. In that case, ask reviewers to integrate their evaluation of sharing plans with other peer review criteria and factor their assessment into the overall evaluation of scientific merit.


Applicants with questions should read Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists.

Offerors with questions should ask the primary contact listed in the solicitation. See the Extramural R&D Solicitations list or Office of Acquisitions staff listing.

Contact for NIAID Staff

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Create a Resource Sharing Plan

Apply for a Grant

Grant Application, Electronic SOP

Program Officer Checklist SOP

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