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Public Access Mandates

The NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. Per the Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data investigators submitting an NIH application seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year are expected to include a plan for data sharing or state why data sharing is not possible.

NIH has issued a new Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which will require NIH funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared. On January 25, 2023, the new policy will come into effect and replace the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy currently in effect.


The NSF Data Sharing Policy expects investigators to share the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Funding proposals must also include a Data Management Plan which describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. NSF Funding Policy 

Open Access Policies

The following resources are useful tools in aiding researchers to clearly see and compare funding requirements across agreements. 

NIH Public Access Policy - Compliance

The following resources provide background information and tools to help researchers comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Publisher Copyright Policies / Author Rights

The following resources provide information about permissions related to specific publisher's copyright transfer agreements, and author addendum forms which can be used to supplement agreements. 

Data Management Plans

Resources to assist with the creation of a Data Management Plan.

Data Repositories

To determine if your research data can be deposited and shared in one of the repositiories below, be sure to check requirements related to subject/research domain, data re-use and access, file format, and metadata.

Data Sharing Resources

The following resources provide tools to help document, manage, disseminate, and archive data.