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NHMRC initiatives to improve access to research outputs and findings

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds about $850 million of Australia’s best medical research each year. To continuously deliver tangible health benefits to the Australian community, NHMRC has implemented a suite of initiatives to maximise the returns from this investment.

In April 2015, NHMRC released a statement encouraging its funded researchers to improve their data sharing practices (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/policy/nhmrc-statement-data-sharing). The statement says:

NHMRC encourages data sharing and providing access to data and other research outputs (metadata, analysis code, study protocols, study materials and other collected data) arising from NHMRC supported research.

This is an ethos consistent with the 2007 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/r39) and a practice that stands to benefit all Australian researchers and those who fund Australian research.

NHMRC’s statement on data sharing follows the NHMRC Open Access Policy (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/policy/nhmrc-open-access-policy),…