Why share your clinical research data

Funders are increasingly mandating data sharing. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and many others are requiring that Individual Patient-Level Data from research they fund is shared. In addition, the updated NIH Data Sharing Policy goes into effect January 2023. (Further guidance on how to complete an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan using Vivli is available under our resources section.) For many funders, data sharing costs are an allowable research expense and may be built into future grant proposals and billed to current grants.

Top journals such as the NEJM, BMJ, Lancet and other ICMJE journals require that the data sharing statement is
made at the time of trial registration. Journals are publishing the data sharing statement at the time of publication. (Further guidance on how to use Vivli to meet publication, particularly ICMJE publication data sharing requirements is available under our resources section

Moral obligations (owe it to trial participants). We owe it to participants of clinical trials who have volunteered to
take part in this research for their data to be leveraged to maximize scientific knowledge. Surveys show that most
participants want their data to be shared if adequate safeguards are in place.

Increase citations. Sharing detailed clinical research data is associated with increased citation rate.