Attention Researchers: Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

The National Institute’s of Health (NIH) public access policy will see changes in the spring of 2013. Since 2008, the NIH has focused much of their attention on outreach to the grantee community. This strategy, along with the research community’s shared commitment to making public the results of NIH-supported research, has resulted in a high level of compliance with the policy. However, public access is a statutory requirement and improvement in compliance is needed. 

The NIH will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the spring of 2013 (see NIH guide notice NOT-OD-12-142).

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Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator