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. This memorandum requires that federal agencies, which spend more than $100 million per year on research and development, create a way to allow free public access to research by those federal 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 (journal articles, conference papers, other informational output) and also the research data, are available to the public and openly accessible in perpetuity. The boxes to the left provide links to policies for many of the federal agencies. Information is also included on how 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.