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Open Access

In this guide, learn about discovering freely available research and find ways to make your work open access.

Funder Policies

An increasing number of grant funding organizations require some or all research outputs to be made openly available. On this page, we discuss some of the policies of relevant funding organizations. Because these requirements change frequently, always check with the funder for the most updated compliance information.

Federal Public Access Policies

On February 22, 2013, OSTP Director John Holden released a memo directing federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and develop expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. This section provides a very brief overview of some of the requirements for public research that were developed in response to the directive. The 2013 OSTP memo and updates are available from  

Private Funder Policies

This list is not exhaustive, but provides an overview of many of the major non-governmental funding agencies' open access policies. Click the links to view the full policies.