NSF, NIH and OSTP Issue Important Federal Register Notices

This week, the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released information related to research. The NSF is seeking public comment regarding its evaluation of anti-harassment term and condition. The purpose of NSF’s Awardee Survey Form is to collect awardee feedback and input that requires NSF to be notified of any findings regarding the PI or co-PI that demonstrate a violation of awardee codes of conduct, policies, regulations, or statutes relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.

The NIH is requesting information on the NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research. In 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memorandum on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” that establishes new guidance for improving public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from Federally supported research. CGS wrote about the 2022 OSTP memo in a previous Washington Insights and Highlights newsletter, which you can view here. The NIH Public Access Plan outlines the proposed approach the agency will take to implement the new guidance, consistent with its longstanding commitment to public access. NIH seeks information on:

  • How to best ensure equity in publication opportunities for NIH-supported investigators.
  • Steps for improving equity in access and accessibility of publications.
  • Methods for monitoring evolving costs and impacts on affected communities.
  • Early input on considerations to increase findability and transparency of research.

Comments must be submitted here and will be accepted through April 24, 2023.

The OSTP requests comments from the public on draft Research Security Programs Standards. The draft has been created to ensure that there is uniformity across Federal research agencies in implementing research security programs standards. OSTP seeks public input with special attention to equity, clarity, feasibility, burden, and compliance. The draft standard requirement can be found here.