The NIH recommends the following strategies for selecting a repository, in order of preference:
Some NIH funding mechanisms have established their own data repository or endorse the use of a specific disciplinary repository.
Does this apply to your grant?❖ Review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for your grant
Finding a disciplinary data repository has many similarities to selecting a journal for a publication. In both cases, there are numerous options that have been developed to meet the unique needs of research disciplines.
To locate a disciplinary repository:❖ Check the filterable table of NIH-supported data repositories:
Emerging or interdisciplinary areas of research may not have an appropriate disciplinary repository as an option. In these cases, generalist repositories—those that accept data from all fields—may be a good alternative.
There are several options for generalist repositories:❖ If the data can be shared openly:
For very large data (greater than ~300 GB), the NIH recommends considering cloud-based options for sharing data. If this applies to your dataset:
❖ Consult with your local IT staff about options available to your unit.
• Not sure who to contact? SecureMyResearch@osu.edu can direct you.❖ Consider suggesting NIH STRIDES, a program providing discounted access to commercial cloud providers for NIH researchers