National Science Foundation (NSF)

Policy overview

  • Complete NSF policy
  • Publications:
    • Applicable content: Agency-funded, peer-reviewed publications, including conference proceedings. In the future, policy will be expanded to include gray literature.
    • Article version to submit: Final, peer-reviewed manuscript* (or publisher copy, with permission)
    • Designated repository: NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR)
    • Deposit (in NSF-PAR) of all publications that are a result of a funded project will be a prerequisite for preparing annual and final reports.
  • Research data:
    • Data management plan required.**
    • Data that underlie the findings reported in a journal article or conference paper should be deposited in accordance with the policies of the publication and according to the procedures laid out in the data management plan.

Key dates

  • Implementation date: Applies to awards made on or after January 2016.

Additional resources


* The “final, peer-reviewed manuscript” is the version that includes all modifications resulting from the peer review process, but before the publisher formats or copy edits the manuscript.

**To learn more about developing a data management plan, please see the DMPTool (Rice is a member) or contact the Office of Proposal Development at

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