Public Access to Federally Funded Research

Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development funding are required to facilitate public access to federally funded research, per a directive from the White House in February 2013. As agencies release their plans and provide additional information about the requirements for grant applicants and awardees, we will track the details for Emory researchers here.

For assistance with your data management plan (DMP), access the DMPTool using your Emory NetID to get helpful guides and see sample plans submitted to agencies with data management and sharing requirements. Or contact Research Data Management Services at to arrange a consultation or review of your plan.

Federal Funding Agency Public Access Mandates

Funders that have released plans to address the directive are listed below, including information about proposed solutions for sharing articles and research data, and whether grant proposals are required to include a data management plan (DMP).

Agency Articles Data Implementation
Department of Defense (DOD)
DOD Plan to Establish Public Access (February 2015)
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Catalog at DTIC, datasets in public repositories; DMP required 2015 fiscal year
Department of Energy (DOE)
Public Access Plan for the DOE (July 2014)
Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), article catalog and repository from DOE Datasets in public repositories; DMP required to be determined
Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Overview and Guiding Principles for HHS (February 2015)
PubMed Central; CDC Stacks repository for CDC non-peer reviewed data registry; “data commons” with other agencies under discussion; DMP required (varies across agencies)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH’s Public Access Plan
NIH Public Access Policy | Compliance Help at Emory Data Sharing Plan (2003) | Genomic Data Sharing (Jan 2015) | NIMH Clinical Research Data Sharing (May 2015) December 2015
  Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA’s Public Access Plan
    October 2015
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC’s Public Access Plan
    October 2015
  Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)
AHRQ’s Public Access Plan
    February 2015 (Articles); October 2015 (Data)
  Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
ASPR’s Public Access Plan
    October 2015
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research (November 2014)
NASA-branded portal of PubMed Central to be determined; DMP required October 2015
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research (March 2015)
Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), article catalog and repository from DOE to be determined; DMP required January 2016
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Open Data Policy (October 2014)
none Development Data Library October 2014
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Implementation Plan to Increase Public Access (November 2014)
PubAg article repository USDA data catalog (registry); appropriate repositories to be determined January 2016
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
NIH Manuscript Submission for VA Investigators (July 2014)
Med Central not addressed February 2015

While every effort has been made to include up-to-date and current information about each agency’s plan, investigators should check grant proposal guides and consult with program officers whenever questions arise about specific funders’ requirements for making research results accessible.