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Complying with Federal Funders' Public Access Mandates


White House Directive on Public Access to Federally Funded Research and Data

On February 22, 2013, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal Government.

The directive requires that the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles and data – be made freely available to the general public. Following the issuance of this directive, federal agencies developed their own public access plans and have made compliance mandatory for grants submitted on or after January 1, 2016.

This guide is here to assist NMSU researchers in complying with the mandate for making research outputs - both data sets and journal articles - more publicly accessible. It will no longer be sufficient to include a data management plan in one's grant proposal that states the data will be stored on a computer, retrievable from one's personal website, or on a social networking site such as ResearchGate or

To your left you will find pages related to most of the major federal grant funders. Each of these federal agencies have specific guidelines and advice regarding how that agency wants grant applicants and awardees to comply with the public access mandate.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with NMSU Library, hosted a series of workshops in February 2016 to help inform the campus community of how this policy change will impact the writing of grant proposals.  Click on the Workshop Videos link on the left to view the recordings.