DataWorks! Prize – Incentives for building a culture of data sharing and reuse – NIH Extramural Nexus

“A $500,000 prize purse, rewarding data sharing and reuse in biomedical research, is a new, innovative strategy for supporting the research community. The DataWorks! Prize highlights the role of data sharing and reuse in scientific discovery while recognizing and rewarding researchers who engage in these practices. This prize, which launched on May 11, 2022, is a partnership between the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)….”

DataWorks! Challenge | HeroX

“Share your story of how you reused or shared data to further your biological and/or biomedical research effort and get recognized!…

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are championing a bold vision of data sharing and reuse. The DataWorks! Prize fuels this vision with an annual challenge that showcases the benefits of research data management while recognizing and rewarding teams whose research demonstrates the power of data sharing or reuse practices to advance scientific discovery and human health. We are seeking new and innovative approaches to data sharing and reuse in the fields of biological and biomedical research. 

To incentivize effective practices and increase community engagement around data sharing and reuse, the 2022 DataWorks! Prize will distribute up to 12 monetary team awards. Submissions will undergo a two-stage review process, with final awards selected by a judging panel of NIH officials. The NIH will recognize winning teams with a cash prize, and winners will share their stories in a DataWorks! Prize symposium.”

Data Management and Sharing

“You are not alone. Many researchers in the life sciences are interested in data reuse but find it hard to navigate today’s confusing open data landscape. To address researchers’ concerns around openly sharing their data, we launched FASEB DataWorks!, a new initiative that brings the biological and biomedical research communities together to advance human health through data sharing and reuse. Read more from our CEO

The initiative features four components:

DataWorks! Salons are conversation spaces for the biological and biomedical research community to exchange ideas and design effective practices for data sharing and reuse;
DataWorks! Help Desk provides guidance for the biological and biomedical research community to navigate and adopt data sharing and reuse policies and practices;
DataWorks! Prize recognizes biological and biomedical research teams that integrate data sharing and reuse to advance human health; and
DataWorks! Community enables biological and biomedical researchers and teams to hone skills and mentor peers in data management and sharing.

To ensure we meet the research community’s needs and evolve as the culture changes, FASEB is taking an incremental approach to FASEB DataWorks! The salon series kicked off in October 2021 and continues over the next 12 months. DataWorks! Community will launch this year, followed by the help desk and prize launching in 2022–2023.”

FASEB comments to NIH public consultation

“While we [Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)] acknowledge the changing landscape of research publications and the successful use of preprints in the physical sciences and mathematics, we do not support the inclusion of preprints or interim research products in NIH grant applications and reports at this time….Effective review of both grant applications and research publications requires time, and we appreciate that early career investigators may be at a disadvantage in terms of supplementing their proposed work with relevant peer reviewed works. Therefore, the only appeal of the citation of preprints in grant applications is that it may allow early career investigators to demonstrate current progress in support of a broader research proposal [but we still oppose the citation of preprints in grant applications]….”

FASEB comments to NIH public consultation

“While we [Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)] acknowledge the changing landscape of research publications and the successful use of preprints in the physical sciences and mathematics, we do not support the inclusion of preprints or interim research products in NIH grant applications and reports at this time….Effective review of both grant applications and research publications requires time, and we appreciate that early career investigators may be at a disadvantage in terms of supplementing their proposed work with relevant peer reviewed works. Therefore, the only appeal of the citation of preprints in grant applications is that it may allow early career investigators to demonstrate current progress in support of a broader research proposal [but we still oppose the citation of preprints in grant applications]….”