NSF’s “Public Access to Results of NSF-Funded Research” requirement applies to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) issued on January 25, 2016.

NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions (also known as "juried conference papers"):

  • be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF (the NSF Public Access Repository; NSF-PAR);
  • be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

For more information, see section 3.1 of “Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation.”