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NIH Compliance and the Public Access Policy

NIH_Master_Logo_With_Tag_2Color-PNGBy Darell Schmick

It’s that time again: R1 Research grant deadlines are coming up! If you’re benefiting from NIH funding, are you compliant? Many researchers believe this to be a hassle, but there’s a great benefit to what compliance brings.

Public Access Policy requirements pertain to your published work if:

  1. It was peer-reviewed
  2. It was published on or after April 7st 2008, AND
  3. It arises from:
    • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee

What is sometimes forgotten is the benefit. It means that every article that has been funded by taxpayer monies after April 7th, 2008 is publicly available for the general public to view and enjoy no later than 12 months of official publication date. The articles are submitted into PubMed Central – a completely open access repository of biomedical literature that consists of 3.6 million articles. All available for anyone with an internet connection to read.

Be sure to stay ahead of NIH Compliance! It needn’t be a hassle. If you’re stuck, contact Darell Schmick at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library for a consultation. For more information on the NIH Public Access Policy, view our guide at