Access requirements for federally funded research on the rise

Libraries can help you share publications and data

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

We can help
The Libraries are running an IAP workshop for those navigating funding agency policies:
Wednesday, January 13, 12–1 p.m
14N-132 DIRC

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:

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.

Comments or questions?
For publications: contact Ellen Finnie, head, Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, MIT Libraries
For data: contact the Libraries’ Data Management Services