Data Sharing and Transfer Guidance
Data Transfer and Use Agreements
This guidance was created to introduce Data Transfer and Use Agreements (DTUAs) and help researchers understand the process on the Urbana-Champaign campus. This document contains basic information about DTUAs and an associated assessment form.
A DTUA is used in “both directions” where ‘outgoing’ is when a UIUC Investigator wants to share data with an outside party and ‘incoming’ is when a UIUC Investigator wants to receive data from an outside party.
Representing Data Sharing in Informed Consent
Obtaining appropriate consent is critical to data sharing and to reuse in future research. This guidance provides models and advice to consider when creating or revising informed consent language.
Many major US funding agencies (for example NIH, NSF, etc.) now strongly encourage data sharing and reuse and may even require it as part of the grant award. Similarly, many academic publishers also encourage data sharing. In fact, articles have been retracted because of the author’s inability to provide the underlying data when a study’s validity has been questioned.