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Revisions to approved DMS Plans Require Prior Approval

By Bouvier Grant Group

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NIH issued a reminder that revisions to approved Data Management and Sharing Plans require prior approval from the awarding IC. The request must be submitted via the Prior Approval Module in eRA Commons and submitted by a Signing Official. This function will be available in eRA Commons effective October 12, 2023.

Once in the Prior Approval Module, select “Prior Approval – Other Request.” The following information must be completed:

  • Description: Enter “DMS Plan Revision” (without quotations).
  • Effective Date: Enter the effective date of the requested changes.
  • Justification Document: Provide the rationale and justification for the requested changes (PDF format).
  • Budget Document: Provide if the revised DMS Plan impacts the budget. Include information for current and future budget periods. Note: This is not a supplement request (PDF format).
  • Other Supporting Documents: Attach the revised DMS Plan (PDF format).  

A screenshot of the Prior Approval Module is available here.

Dr. Meg Bouvier

Margaret Bouvier received her PhD in 1995 in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After an NINDS post-doctoral fellowship, she worked as a staff writer for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in the Office of Press, Policy, and Communications for the Human Genome Project and NHGRI. Since 2007, Meg has specialized in editing and advising on NIH submissions, and began offering virtual courses in 2015. She's recently worked with more than 40% of the nation's highest-performing hospitals*, four of the top 10 cancer hospitals, three of the top five medical schools for research, and 14 NCI-designated cancer centers. Her experience at NIH as both a bench scientist and staff writer greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting. She has helped clients land over half a billion in federal funding. Bouvier Grant Group is a woman-owned small business.

*Our clients include 9 of the top 22 hospitals as recognized by the 2023/24 US News & World Report honor roll

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