Public Access

In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OTSP) issued a memo with the purpose of increasing access to federally funded research. This memo required any Federal agency that awards at least $100 million/year in support of research to develop a plan that would increase public access to publications and data resulting from federally-funded projects. In response to this memo, a number of public and private funders have established new requirements for researchers. 

Items to Consider in Data Sharing Plan*:

  • What data will be shared?
  • Who will have access?
  • Where will shared data be located?
  • When will data be shared?
  • How will the data be located and accessed?

Additional information about the requirements for NIH and NSF are available here:

*Source: NIH Data Sharing Plan. Individual funders may have different requirements for data sharing plans. 

Public Access Mandates and Resources

*A list of possible data repositories is available through

Instructions for uploading to PubMed

The above list of private funders is not comprehensive and additional private funders' open access policies can be found on the Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies