Michigan State University

NIH/NSF Public Access Policies

What is the NIH Public Access Policy and how do I comply ? 

  • The law states that: "The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication."
  • For more information see NIH Public Access Policy Details (plus FAQ).

What is the NSF Public Access Policy and how do I comply? 

  • The NSF’s Public Access plan (NSF 15-52) is based on the February 22, 2013 memorandum issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research . The public access requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

How can I compare the requirements for various United States government funders?