Public Access Policy for Federally Funded Research
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.
Get started >> Use the submission Wizard at Research.gov https://www.research.gov.
Public Access Getting Started Guide https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/NSF-PAR_Getting_Start...
- Depositing Publications Tutorial (video-4:23) https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/publicaccessvideo.html
NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2016 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/nsf16_1.pdf
see Chapter VI.D.2.c for publications policy
NSF Public Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NSF 17-060 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17060/nsf17060.jsp (PDF format)
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.
Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)
Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)
Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR)
Engineering Directorate (ENG)
Geological Sciences Directorate (GEO)
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS)
- Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)
NSF Public Access Policy Plan:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15052/nsf15052.pdf (March 18th, 2015)