Effective November 22, 2021, the NSF announced improvements to the Research.gov Proposal Submission System, NSF Public Access Repository, and NSF.gov Award Search. The changes most relevant to data include the ability to include metadata and DOIs for NSF-funded datasets in the Public Access Repository (PAR), and associate them with NSF Award IDs as part of a PAR 2.0 pilot in 2022.
NSF-PAR only stores the metadata and DOI and not the dataset itself in the repository, and this pilot is purely voluntary through calendar year 2022. While there are no changes to requirements at this time, the NSF encourages researchers to start including research datasets in NSF-PAR and associating them to NSF Award IDs as soon as possible. They are very interested in receiving feedback during the pilot to help make improvements before any changes are made to the Public Access policy and project reporting requirements in the future. Feedback may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full announcement for details.