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Research Public Access Update

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dear Research Colleague,

As you are aware, sponsoring agencies are increasingly including public access mandates in their award terms and conditions. The National Institute of Health has had its public access mandates since 2008, and other federal agencies and private sponsors have followed suit. The National Science Foundation, our University's highest funder, will require investigator compliance to public access mandates for publications resulting from proposals submitted after January 2016 and subsequently awarded. 

Under public access mandates, grant recipients whose research results are published in peer-reviewed journals are required to submit the final, accepted manuscript to the federal granting agency or a designated repository, usually within one year of publication.  Compliance to this sponsor requirement is the responsibility of the faculty grant recipient.    

A team of faculty and staff from the Office of Research, Office of the Provost and University Libraries have developed a set of resources and informational sessions to assist faculty in complying with public access mandates. 

Given the importance of these new mandates, we are planning a series of information sessions on the new requirements and the tools we are providing to help with compliance, on the following dates, places and times:

  • Tuesday March 22nd in Central Library Parlor, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Friday March 25th in Central Library Parlor, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 1st in Central Library Parlor, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please RSVP to ensure we have enough materials on hand. For more information, please contact the Office of Grants and Contract Services or the Scholarly Communications Division at University Libraries.

We are confident that we can provide a framework that will facilitate your compliance with this issue,


Linda Johnsrud
Vice President for Academic
Affairs & Provost ad Interim

Duane Dimos
Vice President for Research
& Dean of Graduate Studies

Rebecca Bichel
Dean of University