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Research Data Management

Background and links to more information about data management issues.

Funders' Public Access Requirements

Federal funding agencies are now required to put in place systems that will provide public access to the results of funded research. Public Access refers to the material being available to read, download and analyze. 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research on August 25, 2022 that provides new guidance on data sharing, access, reusability, persistent identifiers (PIDs), and coverage. The NIH has issued a Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy , effective January 25, 2023, to promote the sharing of scientific data.

Research sponsors have very different requirements so it’s best to verify requirements at the agency level, from your specific directorate, or to look for information on your RFP. 

Contact or your subject librarian for help determining your data sharing requirements.

Public Access Plans by Agency

Federal Agencies that have released their plans to implement public access to the results of federally funded research:

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) (part of HHS)

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) (part of HHS)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (part of HHS)

Columbia University Libraries overview of implementation plans


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Defense (DOD) Plan to Establish Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

Department of Education, Institute of Education Services

Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a repository called PAGES

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Transportation (DOT) See also the list of publicly accessible datasets from DOT

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (part of HHS)

NASA Plan: Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research

National Institutes of Health (part of HHS)

National Science Foundation "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries"

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Plan for Providing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

NOAA Plan for Increasing Public Access to Research Results

Smithsonian Institution (Complying voluntarily. Budget is less than $1 million)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Veterans Affairs (VA)



Federal agencies that have public data policies that are not required due to funding levels:


National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Data Sharing Plans


National Institute of Justice Data Archiving Plans (NIJ)


Federal agencies that will be issuing plans:

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Labor
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)