Research funders increasingly require that the results (publications, data and other products) of the research they fund be made publicly accessible. For example,the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) issued a memo in February 2013 directing all federal agencies with more than $100 million in R&D expenditures to develop plans to ensure public access to research data and publications.
Requirements related to data can involve submission of a data management plan with grant proposals, and/or the public sharing of data resulting from funded research. Support is available for Cornell researchers in meeting these requirements, both for research data (this site) and publications (via SPARC's article sharing requirements tool).
Public access policies of top Cornell University funders
The list below includes the top funders of research at Cornell University. The RDMSG is available to help all researchers address public access requirements for data, regardless of their source of funding.
Note: requirements vary within departments/directorates, and prospective PIs should always review the specific RFP/RFA/PA they're responding to when preparing a proposal.
- Department of Energy
- Department of Defense
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Other funders
Implementation of Public Access Programs in Federal Agencies. Science.gov. https://www.science.gov/publicAccess.html. Information about Federal Agency public access plans and guidance.
FEDERAL RESEARCH: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Public Access to Research Results. GAO-20-81. U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-81. 2019 review of progress since 2013 memo, with recommendations.
Funder Requirements. DMPTool. https://dmptool.org/public_templates. Information about the policies of numerous funders, including templates for data management plans.
Sharing and archiving data. Cornell Research Data Management Service Group. https://data.research.cornell.edu/content/sharing-and-archiving-data. Best practices guidance for sharing and archiving data.