Public Access Policy for Federally Funded Research

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Recipients of awards issued or renewed after January 25th, 2016 must submit their final, peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions be deposited in the NSF's NSF-PAR platform. A 12-month embargo is allowed.

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Additional Links

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2016  

see Chapter VI.D.2.c for publications policy

NSF Public Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  NSF 17-060 (PDF format)


Data Management

NSF has for a long time required investigators to share their research results and data. This sharing must occur “at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time,” and accordingly, “[g]rantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing.” The policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results applies to new research proposals submitted on or after January 18, 2011.

What do I need to submit to NSF?

In 2011, NSF began requiring a data management plan (DMP) with all new research proposals. A DMP should be no more than two pages long and describe how the proposal will conform to NSF’s data sharing policy. This DMP should include:

  • Types of data to be produced (including samples, physical collections, software)
  • Metadata standards to be used
  • Policies for access and sharing (including provisions for privacy/intellectual property)
  • Policies and provisions for re-use
  • Plans for archiving and ensuring long-term preservation

A DMP stating that no detailed plan is necessary for the proposed research is also valid as long as the statement is accompanied by a clear justification. When considering how you will respond to data sharing requirements in your DMP, in most cases the data types and disciplinary standards will determine the most appropriate place for sharing

FastLane will not permit proposals that are missing a DMP. The DMP will be reviewed as an integral part of the proposal, coming under Intellectual Merit, Broader Impacts, or both, as is deemed appropriate for the scientific community of relevance. Find example DMPs.

Some directorates and programs have specific DMP requirements. Plans specific to your NSF directorate or program should be followed first and take priority. Below are some highlights of the major NSF directorates; please see the guidance pages for full details.

NSF Public Access Policy Plan:   (March 18th, 2015)




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