The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research to help advance science and improve human health.
It is a condition of the award and thus predates any agreement with a publisher.
What This Means:
This policy requires scientists to submit or have submitted for them final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PMC (formerly PubMed Central) upon acceptance for publication. These papers must be accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication.
For non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond:
1) NIH will delay processing of (place on hold) an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.
2) Investigators will need to use My NCBI to enter papers onto progress reports. Papers can be associated electronically using the RPPR, or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI-generated PDF report.
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Weekly Funding Opportunities and Policy Notices from the National Institutes of Health
Dr. Sally Rockey is NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research; Rock Talk is her blog.