Window to submit NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy feedback closes Nov. 20

The NIH is currently seeking public public comments on their draft Genomic Data Sharing Policy, which promotes sharing of large-scale human and non-human genomic data generated from NIH-funded research. Your last chance to provide comments on this draft policy is November 20, 2013.

The policy applies to all NIH-funded research that involves human and non-human genomic data produced by array-based or high-throughput sequencing technologies, such as GWAS, whole-genome, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and gene expression data, irrespective of the funding level and funding mechanism (i.e., grant, contract, or intramural support). The draft policy describes the responsibilities of investigators and institutions for the submission of non-human and human genomic data to data repositories and the secondary research use of such data as well as expectations regarding intellectual property. When data sharing involves human data, the protection of research participant privacy and confidentiality is paramount to the NIH.

Additional information is available on the Genomic Data Sharing website.