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Federal Agency Public Access Policies

Federal Agency Public Access to Scientific Research

On February 22, 2013, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) released the memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research."

This memorandum requires that federal agencies which spend more than $100 million per year on research and development to create plans to make public the articles and research data funded by those agencies. This means that if you are funded by NSF, Dept of Energy, or other large federal agencies, there is a plan coming to make sure your articles and research data are available and openly accessible. There are individual guides dedicated to the plans of each agency linked below.

Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Veterans Affairs (VA)