Human Research Program

Access to Research Results/Data Management Plan

In keeping with the NASA Plan for Increasing Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, new terms and conditions about making manuscripts and data publicly accessible may be attached to awards that derive from this NRA. All proposals for Directed and Solicited research within HRP will be required to provide a data management plan (DMP) or an explanation of why one is not necessary given the nature of the work proposed. In some cases, the DMP will be collected on the NSPIRES web cover pages, and in other cases, the DMP will be a separate section within the proposal. Each proposal must include a DMP that describes how data generated by proposed research will be shared and preserved and how data collected will be made available to the public on completion of flight and ground-based experiments. The applicant must justify any exceptions to making data publicly available, explaining why data-sharing and/or preservation is not possible or scientifically appropriate. Additionally, the DMP must describe how data sharing and preservation will enable validation of results, or how results could be validated if data are not shared or preserved. DMPs must provide a plan for making all research data underlying results and findings in publications digitally accessible at the time of publication. NASA will review DMPs during the peer review of your research proposal. Costs of the DMP should be included in the proposed budget.

NASA anticipates that starting in 2016, award recipients will be required to archive all as-accepted manuscript versions of publications that result from NASA awards in the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central full-text archive. This requirement will not go into effect until it is included in the terms and conditions of the awards. Details and instructions for archiving manuscripts will be fully described in future grant information circulars, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and other official Agency announcements and training materials.

Data Accessibility

The Federal Government exercises its license rights to all data collected through research programs sponsored by NASA. Therefore, all research data resulting from NASA-funded studies must be submitted to NASA. These data are then archived in the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA) for the benefit of the greater research and operational spaceflight community. Archival data products may include but are not limited to low-level (raw) data, high-level (processed) data, and data products such as calibration data, documentation, related software, and other tools or parameters that are necessary to interpret the data. Plans for archiving should be detailed in the DMP section of the NRA grant proposal. Once a grant is awarded, the PI shall work with LSDA representatives to outline specific archiving requirements in an LSDA Data Submission Agreement (DSA). These requirements shall include which data are to be included, the format of the data, and the timeframe in which the data is expected to be submitted for archiving. Per 2 C.F.R. 1800.909, the Government has the right to use and disclose all data generated from this grant. Additional information on award and intellectual property may be found at

NASA recognizes the importance of the right of first publication in demonstrating and maintaining the scientific credentials of its funded investigators. NASA intends to continue its discretionary policy of allowing the funded principal investigator(s) a period of one (1) year after final data collection from subjects or final specimen acquisition in spaceflight or ground-based investigations, before making the data available to the public or other investigators through release in LSDA, GeneLab, or other public data centers specified by NASA.

If you have questions or need help, contact the Research Access Help Desk on our Contact Form.