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Public Access Policies: Funding Agency Requirements

OSTP Public Access Memorandum

In 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed federal agencies with over $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to support increased access to the results of federally funded scientific research.

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Public Access Policies by Agency

Agency Article Repository Embargo Data Repository
AHRQ PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months Commercial repository to be announced
ASPR PMC 12 months Recognized scientific data repository, registry
CDC CDC Stacks (all), PMC (peer-reviewed) 12 months Multiple solutions + data registry, preferred repository to be announced
DOD Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) 12 months Not specified
DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Sciences (PAGES) 12 months Varies by office
FDA PMC 12 months Disciplinary data repository
NASA PubSpace (NASA in PMC) 12 months With article, NASA archives, or other
NEH -- -- Not specified
NIH PMC (see our Guide for details) 12 months Multiple solutions, data discovery index
NIST PMC 12 months In development
NOAA NOAA Institutional Repository 12 months NOAA National Data Centers
NSF NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR) 12 months An "appropriate repository"
SI Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) 12 months, or negotiated SRO or other
USAID -- 12 months Development Data Library (DDL)
USDA USDA public access archive system (PubAg) 12 months USDA registry, other repository to be announced
USGS -- -- Approval required
VA PMC and PubTracker System 12 months --


Updated 10/26/2016


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Campus Resources

Questions about applicability to a grant-funded project? Contact your OSPA pre-award or post-award staff or call 882-7560.