On February 22, 2013, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum, Expanding Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research. The memorandum requires that federal agencies, which spend more than $100 million per year on research and development, create plans to make public the articles and research data funded by those agencies. This means that if you are funded by NSF, Department of Energy, or other large federal agencies, you need to have a plan in place that ensures your research output, such as the articles and research data, are available to the public and openly accessible. The boxes to the right provide policies for of the federal agencies and instructions on how to to submit your research outputs.
This guide assists NMSU researchers in complying with the federal mandate.When preparing a federally funded grant proposal, researchers can no longer state that the data will be stored on a computer, or retrievable from one's personal website, or on a social networking site such as ResearchGate or Academia.edu. Researchers must have a sound data management plan in place before applying for the grant.