The 2013 Public Access to Federally Funded Research memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed most grant-funding agencies to develop policy requirements public access to resulting articles and data. For more detailed information, including timelines for sharing, please click on the agency. 

The Libraries can help you write and implement your data management plan to best meet funder requirements. You can also use our Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) to meet federal funder requirements for data sharing.

Federal funders' responses to the OSTP memo (updated as they become available):

Agency Directorate Guidance Effective Date DMP Required? Sharing Venue
Department of Defense (DOD)   End of 2016 Yes “Established, publicly accessible institutional repositories”
Department of Energy (DoE) DOE Guide Oct 1, 2015 Yes "including the data as supplementary information to the published article, or through other means." 
Department of Education (DoED) IES FY2016 Yes “existing data repository” or other approach*
Department of Transportation (DOT)   Dec. 31, 2015 Yes An appropriate data repository, and inventoried in the DoT Public Data Listing
Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Oct. 2015 Yes TBD
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Oct. 2015 Yes Publicly accessible databases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Oct. 2015 Yes Encourages the use of public repositories
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oct. 2015 Yes Publicly accessible, discipline specific repositories
National Institutes of Health (NIH) End of 2015 Yes Existing, publicly accessible repositories
National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Guide Jan. 1, 2015 Yes Existing data repositories
NIST   Oct. 2015 Yes Publicly accessible databases
NOAA   2015 Yes Existing NOAA data centers, other data repositories, interagency Research Data Commons
National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Guide 2011 Yes “an appropriate repository”
Smithsonian   October 2015 Partial** Smithsonian Research Online, or approved external data repository
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)   January 2016 Yes USDA registry of datasets, other repository options
United States Geological Society (USGS) USGS Guide January 2016 Yes USGS Data Portal
Veterans Affairs (VA)   December 31, 2015 Yes Partner with HHS, NIH, FDA, and DoD on “effective mechanisms"

* Data must be available for at least 10 years

** Data management plan is required for digital projects

This page looks at the requirements from federal funders for managing and sharing research data; for articles, see requirements for public access to publications.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Transportation
    • DOT's Response to the OSTP's Public Access Memo
    • "In the DMP, researchers will propose their strategy(ies) to deposit Digital Data Sets resulting from DOT-funded Scientific Research in a repository that enables and allows for Public Access and sharing.... All Digital Data Sets subject to this plan will be inventoried in the DOT Public Data Listing, whether performed by intramural or extramural researchers."
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • CDC's Response to the OSTP's Public Access Memo
    • CDC Policy on Sharing Data
    • "The purpose of CDC’s data release/sharing policy is to ensure that (1) CDC routinely provides data to its partners for appropriate public health purposes and (2) all data are released and/or shared as soon as feasible without compromising privacy concerns, federal and state confidentiality concerns, proprietary interests, national security interests, or law enforcement activities."
  • Department of Education
  • National Institutes of Health
    • NIH's Response to the OSTP's Public Access Memo
    • NIH Data Sharing Policy, as of 2003, still current
    • For grants over $500,000, a data sharing plan must be included in the grant application and incorporated as a term and condition of the award. Final Research Data "should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data".
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities
    • Office of Digital Humanities of NEH Data Management 2018
      "You'll note that we have aligned our data management requirements with those of the National Science Foundation to enable you to take advantage of data management resources that your institution may have already developed for applying to the NSF.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • NOAA Response to the OSTP's Public Access Memo
    • NOAA’s plan for data builds on the agency’s existing strong foundation for research data sharing. Currently, all intramural researchers are required to submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) outlining plans for providing access to and long-term preservation of any research data, while extramural researchers are required to submit a more light-weight Data Sharing Plan, covering plans for access only. These requirements will be adjusted to require all NOAA programs to consider requiring full DMP’s when researchers apply for NOAA funding.
  • United States Department of Agriculture
    • USDA's Response to the OSTP's Public Access Memo
    • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
      The NIFA requires a DMP will all research. They state: "Increased access to scientific research results (e.g., scholarly publications, digital data sets) from NIFA funded projects is critical to achieving NIFA’s vision to catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges. Therefore, an appropriate data management plan (DMP) should be a core component of research planning for proposals submitted to NIFA."
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency

To locate requirements for agencies not listed here, we recommend consulting the comprehensive list available at

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