Keep Publicly Funded Research Public. Move FASTR.

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.1701, H.R.3427).

A federal open access law is long overdue. 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 after an embargo period.

There are two different versions of FASTR in Congress right now. S. 1701 sets the embargo period at a year, while H.R. 3427 has a more reasonable period of six months. Let’s urge Congress to pass a version of FASTR with an embargo period of six months or less.