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Federal Agencies Funding Requirements: Office of Science and Technology Policy Memorandums


On August 25, 2022, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) updated U.S. policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. See Frequently Asked Questions: 2022 Public Access Policy Guidance. All federal agencies will fully implement updated policies, including ending the optional 12-month embargo, no later than December 31, 2025. See the Nelson memo:

This builds on the 2013 Obama administration’s Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Science which directed all federal departments and agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal government, with a focus on access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from such research. See the Holdren memo:


A data management plan is required by federal funding agencies with proposal submissions.