Keep Publicly Funded Research Public

When we pay for federally funded research, we should be allowed to read it. That’s the simple premise of FASTR, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S. 779, H.R. 1477).

A federal open access law is long overdue. FASTR has strong support on both sides of the aisle, but it still hasn't come up for a vote in either chamber of Congress. Let's send a strong message to lawmakers: we can’t stall on open access for another year. It’s time to move FASTR.

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Under FASTR, every federal agency that spends more than $100 million on grants for research would be required to adopt an open access policy that gives the public access to all research no later than 12 months after publication. This is a crucial moment for Congress to take action, and FASTR is the best option on the table.

There’s already a White House Office of Science and Technology memo that requires agencies to develop public access policies, but White House directives can come and go. That’s why it’s essential to lock an open access policy into law this year before the next administration takes over.