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Access to Federally Funded Research

Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010

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On April 15, 2010, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA). The proposed bill requires federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This legislation builds upon the success of the NIH Public Access Policy. This is a companion bill to S. 1373.

H.R. 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.