Funding Requirements

In 2013 the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy issued a memo directing most grant-funding agencies to develop policies requiring public access to publicly funded research articles and data. Please consult the appropriate agency below and click on the agency for more details. Please note that this changes often and we will do our best to keep this up-to-date.

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Federal Funding Agencies Public Access Plans for Data Management and Sharing

Funding Agency DMP Required? Sharing Venue Timeline for Data Sharing Effective Date
AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Health & Human Services (HHS)) Yes TBD With article publication Oct. 2015
ASPR: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS) Yes Publicly accessible databases With article publication/within 30 months of collection Oct. 2015
CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (HHS) Yes Encourages the use of public repositories With article publication/within 30 months of collection Oct. 2015
DOD: Department of Defense Yes “Established, publicly accessible institutional repositories” Within a reasonable time End of 2016
DoED/IES: Department of Education Institute for Educational Studies  Yes “existing data repository” or other approach* With article publication FY2016
DOE: Department of Energy Yes OpenEI for EERE, or other approved repositories With article publication (policy will be reevaluated October 2018) Oct. 2015
DOT: Department of Transportation Yes An appropriate data repository, and inventoried in the DoT Public Data Listing Unknown Oct. 2015
FDA: Food & Drug Administration (HHS) Yes Publicly accessible, discipline specific repositories With article publication Oct. 1, 2015
NASA: National Aeronautics & Space Agency Yes Existing data repositories With article publication or within a reasonable timeline after publication Jan. 1, 2015
National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice (DOJ)) Yes National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) Unknown
NIH: National Institutes of Health (HHS) Yes Existing, publicly accessible repositories With article publication End of 2015
NIST: National Institutes of Standards & Technology Yes Publicly accessible databases With article publication Oct. 2015
NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Yes Existing NOAA data centers, other data repositories, interagency Research Data Commons With article publication or within one year of data collection Early 2015
NSF: National Science Foundation Yes “an appropriate repository” With article publication 2011
Office of Digital Humanities (National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)) Yes NEH does not endorse the use of any specific repository “timely and rapid distribution” 2014
Smithsonian Institute Partial** Smithsonian Research Online, approved external data repository Within 12 months or other negotiated period Oct. 2015
USAID: United States Agency for International Development Yes Development Data Library Upon publication of article "or no later than five calendar days prior to the conclusion of the award" Oct. 1, 2014
USDA: U.S Department of Agriculture Yes USDA registry of datasets, other repository options Unknown Jan. 2016
USGS (Department of the Interior (DOI)) Yes USGS Data Portal Unknown Jan. 2016
VA: Veterans Administration Yes Partner with HHS, NIH, FDA, and DoD on “effective mechanisms" Within 12 months (clinical trial information) OR consistent with public interests and OSTP objectives Dec. 31, 2015

*Data must be available for at least 10 years
** Data management plan is required for digital projects
Information is current as of February 8, 2016

Adapted from: “Overview of OSTP Responses” (