Open Science Announcements from Federal Agencies

Open Science is the principle and practice of making research products and processes available to all, while respecting diverse cultures, maintaining security and privacy, and fostering collaborations, reproducibility, and equity.

Federal agencies are celebrating 2023 as a Year of Open Science, a multi-agency initiative across the federal government to spark change and inspire open science engagement through events and activities that will advance adoption of open, equitable, and secure science.

Centers for Disease Control
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. General Services Administration

Centers for Disease Control Department of Agriculture Department of Commerce Department of Energy National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Endowment for the Humanities National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Standards and Technology National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Science Foundation U.S. Geological Survey U.S. General Services Administration

This site is your gateway to major announcements by federal agencies that support open science initiatives, programs, and events.

Year of Open Science

CDC's Data Modernization Initiative

Centers for Disease Control

CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative

The ultimate goal of CDC's Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) is to get better, faster, actionable insights for decision-making at all levels of public health. Our vision is to create one public health community that can engage robustly with healthcare, communicate meaningfully with the public, improve health equity, and have the means to protect and promote health. Five key priorities of DMI include (1) Build the right foundation, (2) Accelerate data into action, (3) Develop state-of-the-art-workforce, (4) Support and extend external partnerships, and (5) Manage change and governance.

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NASA Declares 2023 as the Year of Open Science


NASA has declared 2023 as the Year of Open Science to celebrate the benefits and successes of open science and to inspire more scientists to adopt open science practices. NASA's Year of Open Science is part of the five-year Transform to Open Science (TOPS) mission and the Open Source Science Initiative (OSSI). TOPS is an ambitious plan to accelerate open science practices and major scientific discoveries by increasing understanding and adoption of open science practices and broadening participation by historically excluded communities. In 2023, TOPS will release an introductory open science curriculum, engage with historically underrepresented groups, and develop incentives for open science practices. The success of the Year of Open Science will be driven by collaborations with individuals, teams, and organizations who are ready to transform the culture of scientific research into one that celebrates openness and inclusion.

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The Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (DOE OSTI) offers services and support for assigning and using persistent identifiers (PIDs) for research components such as data, software, text documents, awards, people, and organizations. PIDs promote open science by enabling greater discovery and reuse of research outputs through unique identification and providing appropriate credit through citation and identifying contributors. By increasing interoperability through resolvable links and robust metadata, and facilitating impact and evaluation through linked research components, PIDs deliver value to the broader research community. With the recent launch of PIDs@OSTI.GOV, federal agencies and researchers can find general information about PIDs, details about the PID services OSTI provides, and community resources.

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NIH to Launch Data Management and Sharing Plan to Help Promote Open Science

NIH Launch

On January 25, 2023, NIH's new Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) will go into effect for most competing funding applications and intramural research protocols, requiring researchers to submit a DMS Plan with their application for funding outlining how they will share and manage data, as well as complying with the approved plan. This Policy conforms to the 2022 OSTP public access guidance and is part of NIH's broader efforts to accelerate biomedical research by making the outputs of NIH-funded research available for validation of research results and reuse in future research. Additional information about the Policy is available at the agency URL below, including a template, examples, and guidance for writing a DMS Plan, information on repositories for sharing and accessing NIH-funded data, budgeting for data management and sharing, and more.

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NIST announces participation in the Year of Open Science


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will join other federal agencies in celebrating the Year of Open Science in 2023 as we mark the ten-year anniversary of a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy memo requiring increased access to results of federally funded research. During the past 10 years, NIST has developed portals through which the public can access our research data as well as open-source research code. These research products are provided with digital object identifiers (DOIs) and sample citations to make them readily discoverable and citable. NIST's peer-reviewed publications are available through PubMed Central, and NIST Technical Series publications are available through the Government Publishing Office. NIST provides resources for students and educators through a webpage devoted to education on standards and the science of making measurements. NIST is also leading the effort to create a Research Data Framework for managing research data through its lifecycle. We expect to cap this year's celebration with the release of a new web portal to expand access to all NIST research products made available as FAIR digital objects, connecting them using natural language processing and persistent identifiers such as DOIs. Activities will be announced on a Year of Open Science page on NIST's website.

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USGS Participation in 2023 Year of Open Science


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is looking forward to collaborating with agency partners to promote and contribute to the 2023 Year of Open Science. As a global leader in Earth system science, the USGS understands the enormous value of making research products and processes available to all who are interested and can put it to good use. Currently, the USGS supports open science with robust data and software release policies and tools, open communities of practice, and ongoing partnerships with underrepresented groups. The USGS will be engaging its scientists in activities to further improve accessibility, reproducibility, and transparency of our scientific work, through trainings, workshops, and cross-USGS communications.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Participation in the Year of Open Science


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has a long tradition of funding open scholarship. Our National Digital Newspaper Program has supported 20 million digitized newspaper pages made freely available online at Chronicling America via a partnership with the Library of Congress. Our Fellowships Open Book Program turns books written by NEH-funded researchers into open access ebooks. The NEH-NSF Documenting Endangered Languages program makes grants and fellowships to linguists recording and transcribing endangered and moribund languages for research, preservation, and revitalization. Humanities Collections and Reference Resources makes grants to libraries, archives, and museums to steward important collections of cultural heritage materials. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants fund research to develop cyberinfrastructure for the humanities, including open source software and tools. Scholarly Editions & Translations funds collaborative teams editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts, including the papers of many U.S. presidents, that are vital to scholarship but are currently inaccessible. A new program, the Dangers and Opportunities of Technology, funds research investigating the ethical and social impacts of technology, science, and medicine.

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NSF Invests in Ten Open Science Research Coordination Networks to Promote Open Science


NSF funded a cohort of 10, three-year, multi-institutional projects to start in 2023 to build and enhance national coordination among researchers and other stakeholders to advance FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) data principles and open-science practices. These are the inaugural awards in an open-science program NSF calls FAIROS RCN (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable, Open Science Research Coordination Networks) and represent a pooled investment of over $12.5 million in open science from all of NSF's seven directorates. These 10 projects are composed of 28 distinct NSF awards representing many organizations and institutions in the United States seeking to advance open-science efforts. The NSF Solicitation 22-553 for FAIROS RCN supports groups of investigators or "research coordination networks" to communicate, innovate, coordinate, and standardize research practices, training, and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries to achieve the goals of FAIR and other open-science guiding principles. Full details on all 28 awards are available at the agency URL listed below.

More information: NSF FAIROS AWARDS