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Federal Public Access Policy Compliance: National Science Foundation

NSF Data Management Plan Requirements

Beginning January 18,2011 proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP).  This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.  Proposals that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.  For more information about this new requirement, please see the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j and the Frequently Asked Questions on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration

NSF Public Access Plan

The National Science Foundations (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan, on March 18, 2015 entitles "Todays Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries,"  outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific data or/and results of its funded research.  

This plan, is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) Policy's Feb 22, 2013, memorandum, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research," and with long standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication fo research results.

NSF wil require that articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions be deposited in a public access complainant repository and be available for download, reading and analysis within one year of publication.

NSF's current data management plan requirement and policies on costs of publication and data citation in biographical sketches will remain unchanged for the present while the Foundation undertakes activities to engage the research communities around data management in support of public access goals. Additional guidance at the Foundation, directorate, division, office or program levels may become available in the future,.