Did you know that many federal funding agencies now require you to share publications and data resulting from your funded research? Under the 2013 White House directive, federal agencies such as the NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, DOT, NIH, NOAA, and USDA, have released plans outlining public access requirements for both publications and data. Funded researchers generally are required to:
- For publications: make their peer-reviewed manuscripts openly available no more than 12 months after publication
- For data: write a data management plan with their grant application and share data related to their funded work
The MIT Libraries are also tracking and summarizing each agency’s requirements on our scholarly publishing website, and we can help you comply with requirements:
- For assistance in creating your data management plan, or for any aspect of complying with funder data sharing requirements, contact the Libraries’ Data Management Services or try the new DMPTool.
- To ensure you retain sufficient rights to allow for manuscript deposit, you may opt to use an amendment to publication agreements specifically designed to accommodate the requirements of the White House directive.
Why a White House directive?
In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memorandum requiring federal agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development to devise plans to make the results of their funding publicly available. “Citizens deserve easy access to the results of research their tax dollars have paid for,” notes a White House blog story about the news.