Open Access Guide

OSTP Memorandum (February 2013)

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

This memorandum requires federal agencies with over $100 million in annual extramural R&D budgets to develop a public access plan for the results of research (scientific publications and digital scientific data) directly arising from their funds.

In response, federal agencies affected by this memorandum have developed public access plans, which lay out access requirements for research they fund. It is important that researchers examine these policies and learn how to comply when preparing a proposal or manuscript and after publication.


Federal agencies affected by this memorandum include (links for to agencies' public access plans):


Where to Learn More & Keep up with Policies

SPARC Tool for tracking federal agency requirements for public access to research: 

CENDI centralized information on implementation of federal agency public access plans: