Submission Form: Request for Information (RFI) on Search Capabilities across the biomedical landscape for NIH-wide Data Discovery


On Sept. 24, 2021, the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) published a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input on search capabilities across the biomedical landscape for NIH-wide data discovery (NOT-OD-22-042).

Information Requested

NIH requests input on use cases, expectations, and capabilities for enabling data and information discovery (search) to enhance NIH-wide data discovery and its reuse. In particular, NIH would like to understand better researchers’ experiences and expectations in finding data and information that would greatly enable their research capabilities and uncover underlying barriers or opportunities that can move the search landscape forward. Building on prior efforts, NIH seeks to identify how production level capabilities can be provided for search, assuming that such plans are realistic from the point of view of data submitters as they fulfill the requirements of the recently issued NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy). The information gathered from this RFI is intended to inform and frame the discussions for an NIH supported workshop in January 2022.  Invitations may be drawn from the larger research community, including responders to this RFI.

NIH is soliciting input from all interested stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, academic institutions, medical institutions, health and IT developers, professional organizations or societies, as well as other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the view of their organization and membership as a whole.

This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a policy, solicitation for applications, or as an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for its use of that information.

Responses may be compiled and shared publicly in an unedited version after the close of the comment period. Please do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in summaries of the state of the science, and any resultant solicitation(s). The NIH may use information gathered by this RFI to inform development of future guidance and policy directions.

We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.

Please direct all inquiries to

Susan Gregurick, Ph.D.
Office of Data Science Strategy 
National Institutes of Health

Submitting a Response

All comments must be submitted online using the form below. To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted no later than 11:59:59 p.m. ET on January 28, 2022.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. You may voluntarily include your name and contact information with your response. If you choose to provide NIH with this information, NIH will not share your name and contact information outside of NIH unless required by law.

Other than your name and contact information, please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response.

All responses are voluntary, and you may choose to respond to any or all of the topics listed below:

From the perspective of a data submitter/generator, a data user, or a technology provider: