Office of Science and Technology Policy Issues Guidance Ensuring Access to Federally Funded Research

On August 25, the White House 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. All agencies will fully implement updated policies, including ending the optional 12-month embargo, no later than December 31, 2025. Dr. Alondra Nelson, head of the OSTP wrote in the memo changing the guidance, “Improving public access policies across the U.S. government to promote the rapid sharing of federally funded research data with appropriate protections and accountability measures will allow for greater validity of research results and more equitable access to data resources aligned with these ideals. To promote equity and advance the work of restoring the public’s trust in Government science, and to advance American scientific leadership, now is the time to amend federal policy to deliver immediate public access to federally funded research.”

For more information, please see the OSTP press release, as well as the article in Inside Higher Ed, “No Paywall for Taxpayer Funded Research, U.S. Declares.”