Funding Agencies Adopt Public Access Plans

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Research funding agencies are increasingly implementing public access mandates that require researchers to make their peer-reviewed, published research available to the public as a matter of grant compliance. The terms and compliance guidelines for each mandate are set by the initiating agency.

In the Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research policy memorandum released in February 2013, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director John Holdren directed federal agencies to develop plans to make the publications resulting from federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication. The memorandum also required researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research with the goal of making these data publicly accessible, as well.

The memorandum is directed to the heads of executive departments and agencies with over $100 million in annual extramural R&D budgets to develop a public access plan for the results of research–meaning scientific publications and digital scientific data–directly arising from their funds.  Federal funding agencies started rolling out their implementation plans in 2014.

As of October 2015 many of the plans are in effect and non-compliance could result in the loss of funding.

KU Libraries' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright is closely monitoring these developments and their implications for research and researchers at KU. In consultation with KU Research, the Funder Public Access Policy guide was developed to serve as a regularly updated resource to assist PIs in navigating these new agency requirements. Special attention has been given to NIH, NSF, and the Dept. of Education as those agencies fund a large percentage of KU sponsored research.

In addition, members of the Shulenburger Office are available to discuss specific agency requirements with PIs as needed. Contact Scholarly Communication Librarian Josh Bolick for more information.

  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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