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.
Help spotlight the value of open science by checking out this toolkit:
choose and use images for social media, presentations, posters and virtual backgrounds—agency partners may even co-brand. #YearofOpenScience.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
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
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
This site is your gateway to major announcements by federal agencies that support open science initiatives, programs, and events.
OSTP Updates on Available Public Access Plans and Requests for Comment - NEW!
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) continues to work closely with federal agencies on developing or
updating their plans for policies to ensure free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research consistent with its
To date, the following agencies have chosen to make their updated plans publicly available and/or have published opportunities for public comment:
OSTP expects agency policies for increasing public access to scholarly publications and scientific data to be publicly posted by December 31, 2024 and to go into effect by December 31, 2025.
NSF Invites Engagement on its Revised Public Access Plan - NEW!
EPA Announces Participation in Year of Open Science - NEW!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the goals of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Open Science
and is collaborating with other federal agencies to recognize and celebrate a Year of Open Science. Since EPA issued its first
Plan to Increase Access to Results of EPA-Funded Scientific Research
in November 2016, we have worked to ensure the public has access to the results of federally funded peer-reviewed, scientific research publications and research data.
EPA is developing plans to further strengthen its public access efforts, consistent with the 2022 memorandum on
Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research.
We look forward to collaborating with federal colleagues in making federally-funded science more open and equitable.
DOE CODE: The Department of Energy's Software Services Platform - NEW!
The Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (DOE OSTI) provides a DOE software services platform
and search tool for DOE-funded code - DOE CODE. DOE CODE allows users to search and discover bibliographic metadata for scientific
and business software resulting from DOE-funded projects and details on how to access the software. Additional functionality of DOE CODE
includes the submission of software to OSTI, code archival and preservation, and project development collaboration through a repository service.
DOE CODE also reports software inventory to the government-wide Code.gov website which helps to foster scientific progress, provide transparency,
and promote public uptake of DOE-funded software. As a member of DataCite, OSTI/DOE CODE provides assignment of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)
to unlimited distribution software. This allows stronger connections to be made between software, publications, and data through reference and
citation via DOI metadata. DOI assignment, coupled with announcement of DOE-funded software, promotes open science by enabling researchers to more
easily discover, access, and reuse software.
More information: https://www.osti.gov/doecode/
USGS holds workshop on "Open Data for Open Science" - NEW!
In May 2023, the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) hosted a broadly attended workshop themed
"Open Data for Open Science."
The workshop inspired in-depth conversations around the difference between open data and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
data, the importance of USGS Fundamental Science Practices
in doing open science, and what it means for science to be equitable. We were honored to be joined by USGS Director Dave Applegate, USGS Chief Scientist Geoff Plumlee,
and Department of the Interior Chief Data Officer Tod Dabolt, who provided insight into USGS and Department perspectives on open science. Our CDI members led engaging
breakout sessions on topics such as conducting interdisciplinary open science, communication of open data, and tools and computing capabilities for working with data
throughout the data life cycle. During the workshop, we learned that open science is spectrum, and we are continuously striving to be more open by including more
aspects of the open science definition in our work.
Join the CDI
to gain access to the workshop session recordings and other workshop outputs.
Open Science in the new USDA Science and Research Strategy - NEW!
On May 8, 2023, USDA released the USDA Science and Research Strategy 2023-2026
during the AIM for Climate Summit in Washington, DC.
The strategy recognizes that relevant, timely, robust, and accessible data are critical for accelerating innovative technologies,
driving climate-smart solutions, bolstering nutrition security and health, cultivating resilient ecosystems, and most importantly,
translating research into action. Open science is the mechanism to achieve transparency and equitable access that are key to scientific integrity.
For more information: USDA Science and Research Strategy, 2023-2026: Cultivating Scientific Innovation
NASA's Public Access Plan: Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research - NEW!
U.S. Department of State Announces Participation in the Year of Open Science
The U.S. Department of State supports the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Open Science in advancing
global awareness to U.S. policies and practices related to open science and affirm our commitment to the open, secure, and equitable
sharing of government-funded fundamental research.
NOAA EPIC Creates an Open Science Environment for the Advancement of the Unified Forecast System
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) in partnership
with the Weather Enterprise (academia, government, and industry). EPIC, mandated by Congress in 2018, is the catalyst to drive a
collaborative weather research community to enhance the Unified Forecast System (UFS). Designed to support the Weather Enterprise,
the UFS is the source system to simplify NOAA's current operational suite of 21 stand-alone forecast systems, utilizing common codes
and infrastructure. EPIC is moving the UFS into a public-facing cloud computing environment. The EPIC community Portal (ECP; epic.noaa.gov),
provides community access to the UFS code base,
advanced user support,
EPIC creates an open science environment for UFS that enables collaborations and contributions within the broad weather
community to advance operational forecast skill. Key success metrics for EPIC will include the number of community contributors to UFS,
the speed at which new code innovations move from research to operations or product applications, and the improvement of the skill of the
forecast system. You can join the effort by attending the Unifying Innovations in Forecasting Capabilities Workshop
July 24-28, 2023 virtually or in-person in Boulder, CO.
During the Year of Open Science, EPIC is at the core of NOAA's vision and mission to advance NOAA's numerical weather prediction systems
through a collaboration with the Weather Enterprise. Visit EPIC.NOAA.gov and join our community!
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Participation in the Year of Open Science
U.S. DOT endorses the goals of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Open Science. DOT has already
been sharing science results widely, and supports increased access to results whenever possible. We look forward to working
with our federal colleagues in making federally-funded science more open and equitable.
NASA Boosts Open Science through Innovative Training for Scientists and Researchers
National Endowment for the Humanities - Research & Development Grants
Apply for an NEH Research & Development grant, for planning or implementation, up to $350,000. Got an idea for a
better way to preserve cultural heritage materials-from artifacts to digital assets-or to organize, search, discover,
or use them? Deadline: May 16, 2023. We also offer phone consultations with staff, a recorded webinar, and tips.
More information: https://neh.gov/grants/preservation/research-and-development
DOE Office of Science Public Reusable Research (PuRe) Data Resources
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science enhances the stewardship of high-value data resources
by designating them as Public Reusable Research (PuRe) Data Resources. These resources are data repositories,
knowledge bases, analysis platforms, and other activities that make data publicly available to advance scientific
or technical knowledge. PuRe Data Resources are authoritative sources of data or capabilities in their subject
area that make data easier to find, access, and reuse across the broader scientific community. They are held to
high standards for data management, resource operations, and scientific impact, which in turn enable better
communication, better stewardship, and better science. As part of the Year of Open Science, the DOE Office of
Science is highlighting our PuRe Data Resources starting with our newest designated resource, the Active
Thermochemical Tables (ATcT).
More information: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOEOS/bulletins/34fda17
USDA releases Public Access information resource
USDA continues its longstanding commitment to public access to federally funded research with a new webpage
that answers questions about USDA's current policies. The page helps food and agricultural researchers submit
their USDA-funded research outputs to the National Agricultural Library's PubAg and Ag Data Commons. Researchers
can also learn about USDA data management plan requirements and how to obtain persistent identifiers for themselves
and their research outputs. This page — and platforms like PubAg and Ag Data Commons — are part of USDA's ongoing
efforts to improve public access USDA research and deliver on the Department's commitment to equity. PubAg provides
free public access to over 325,000 full-text articles and 4 million citations related to food and agriculture.
Ag Data Commons provides access to nearly 7,000 datasets related to food and agriculture.
More information: https://www.nal.usda.gov/services/public-access
NASA's PubSpace now accessible from the STI Repository
PubSpace is NASA's designated public access repository. It is a collection of NASA-funded scholarly publications
within the Scientific and Technical Information Program (STI) Repository, aiming to increase access to federally
funded research in accordance with NASA Public Access Policy. The collection enables free public access to NASA's
peer-reviewed scholarly publications, including accepted manuscripts and publisher's version of record. NASA has
entered into a partnership agreement with the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)
publishing group. NASA researchers who publish in a CHORUS member's journal can now more easily satisfy the
Agency's requirements for public access. The NASA STI Program has leveraged CHORUS resources to increase access
to NASA-funded research by integrating metadata for NASA-funded publications available from CHORUS into the new
PubSpace Collection within the NASA STI Repository. NASA's PubSpace portal to the National Institutes of Health's
(NIH) PubMed Central (PMC) repository of journal articles from NASA-funded research, is still accessible. This
content will be discoverable in the NASA STI PubSpace Collection.
More information: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/collections/pubspace
USGS Plans Upcoming Workshop "Open Data for Open Science"
The U.S. Geological Survey is formulating its Year of Open Science Plan and the first step is to generate excitement
about Open Science across the USGS. Deliberate and effective communications will actively promote and demonstrate the
value of a more open, equitable, and secure scientific enterprise and engage scientists from across the USGS. To begin,
the USGS has set up a public website to inform
and garner interest in staff and partners about Year of Open Science
activities. A major focus in the Year of Open Science is the Community for Data Integration workshop themed
"Open Data for Open Science,"
happening from May 2-5, 2023. Participation and contribution in-person or virtually is open to all
interested. A draft agenda is available here.
More information: https://www.usgs.gov/special-topics/year-of-open-science
NIH Announces Supplements for Software Enhancements and AI/ML-Readiness
The NIH Office of Data Science Strategy recently announced Administrative Supplements to Enhance
Software Tools for Open Science (NOT-OD-23-073) and Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations
to Improve the AI/ML-readiness of NIH-Supported Data (NOT-OD-23-082). NOT-OD-23-073 encourages and enables
researchers to engage in new types of collaborations focused on improving the quality and sustainability
of research software from a software engineering perspective. Supplements will support efforts that address
robustness, sustainability, reusability, portability, and scalability of existing biomedical research software
tools and workflows of recognized scientific value. NOT-OD-23-082 seeks to ensure data generated through
NIH-funded research is Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learing (AI/ML)-ready and shared through repositories,
knowledgebases, or other data sharing resources. These opportunities work to establish a modernized and integrated
biomedical data ecosystem that adopts the latest data science technologies, including AI and ML, and best practice
guidelines arising from community consensus, such as the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
principles, and open-source development.
More information: https://datascience.nih.gov/
Second Phase of the NIH Preprint Pilot Launched
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the launch of the second phase of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Preprint Pilot with the addition of more than 700 new preprint records
to PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed. This second phase expands the scope of the Pilot to include preprints
resulting from all NIH-funded research. Eligible preprints are those acknowledging direct support of an NIH
award or authored by NIH staff and posted to bioRxiv, medRxiv, arXiv, or Research Square, on or after
January 1, 2023. NLM will automatically include the full text of the preprint (as license terms allow) and
associated citation information available in PMC and PubMed, respectively. New preprint records will be added
on a weekly basis. Phase 2 of the pilot is expected to run through 2023. A project of NLM, the NIH Preprint
Pilot was launched in 2020 to explore new approaches to increase the discoverability of NIH-supported research
results, with the first phase focusing on NIH-supported research on COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
More information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/nihpreprints/
NIH to Launch Data Management and Sharing Plan to Help Promote Open Science
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.
More information: https://sharing.nih.gov/
NIST announces participation in the Year of Open Science
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.
Agency URL: https://www.usgs.gov/
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.
Agency URL: https://www.neh.gov/
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.
More information: https://www.osti.gov/pids/
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
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.
More information: https://www.cdc.gov/surveillance/data-modernization/index.html
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
More information: https://science.nasa.gov/open-science/transform-to-open-science