The goal of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to strengthen NIH-funded biomedical data repositories to better enable data discoverability, interoperability, and reuse by aligning with the FAIR and TRUST principles and using metrics to measure their effectiveness. This NOSI provides an opportunity for existing repositories to increase ”FAIR”-ness and “TRUST”-worthiness to improve their usage, utility, act throughout the data resource lifecycle.
NIH funds a range of biomedical data repositories that differ in size, complexity, and the research domains they serve. Biomedical repositories accept submission of relevant data from the community to store, organize, validate, archive, preserve, and distribute data, in compliance with the FAIR Data Principles. There is also a spectrum of ability and readiness for data repositories to adopt the characteristics that are desirable for repositories that are aligned with FAIR and TRUST principles. In addition, developing metrics for evaluating the usage, utility, and impact of a given repository is evolving. This evolution is likely a function of several aspects, including, but not limited to the level of maturity, expanding resource reach and scale, and understanding whether user needs have changed. This initiative is part of a plan for implementing the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science, which describes actions aimed at modernizing the biomedical research data ecosystem. This effort supports the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Selecting a Repository for Data Resulting from NIH-Supported Research NOT-OD-21-016 to better position NIH repositories for the updated data sharing requirements which will be implemented in 2023.
The goal of this NOSI is to provide support for existing NIH-supported repositories to improve their adoption of the FAIR and TRUST principles and to develop ways to measure their effectiveness to the research communities they serve. The intent is to provide an opportunity for existing repositories of all sizes, and at different stages of establishment, to increase “FAIR”-ness and “TRUST”-worthiness to improve their usage, utility, and impact throughout the data resource lifecycle.
Prospective applicants are required to conduct a self-assessment to identify gaps or deficiencies in “FAIR”-ness and “TRUST”-worthiness that are unique to their data resource and consider which metrics could be implemented for evaluation of usage, utility, and impact. Based on the self-assessment, applicants must identify how they would improve the impact of their unique data resource. Justification for one or more of the following activities, describing how the proposed work will increase usage, benefit their respective communities, and allow for broader use, should be provided:
These activities may overlap, and it would be possible for an application to include aspects of all three. Proposed activities should not exceed one year.
Additionally, all applicants should outline an appropriate plan (including milestones), staff, and expertise to complete the proposed work within the timeframe.
Applicants that are funded are expected to:
To be responsive to this NOSI, applications must:
Application and Submission Information
To be eligible, the parent award must be able to receive funds in FY2021 (Oct. 2020 - Sept. 30, 2021) and not be in the final year or in a no-cost extension period at the time of award; the supplements should not extend beyond the project period of the parent award. Applicant budgets should include travel support to attend the planned workshop. One-time supplement budget requests cannot exceed $150,000 direct costs. The number of awards will be contingent on availability of funds and receipt of meritorious applications.
Administrative Evaluation Process
Submitted applications must follow the guidelines of the IC that funds the parent grant. Administrative Supplements do not receive peer review. Each IC will conduct administrative reviews of applications submitted to their IC separately. Responsive applications will be evaluated by a panel of trans-NIH staff and the most meritorious applications will be supported based upon availability of funds.. The criteria described below will be considered in the administrative evaluation process:
Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Office of Data Science Strategy
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director
Please refer to the NIH ODSS website https://datascience.nih.gov/data-ecosystem/support-fair-biomedical-repositories regularly for frequently asked questions and other announcements related to this NOSI.