NIHPAP Compliance Changes

A new notice, NOT-OD-12-160, was posted last week by the National Institutes of Health in regards to compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy that explictly states:

….Since 2008, compliance with the NIH public access policy has been a statutory requirement and a term and condition of all grant awards and cooperative agreements. NIH and its awardees have developed increasingly effective ways to track and report compliance with the public access policy.  To this end, NIH has provided outreach and worked to assist applicants with understanding the policy.  However, there is a need to improve grantee compliance.

Upcoming Process Change:
With this Notice, NIH informs grantees that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

NIH will simultaneously implement the procedural change outlined below to facilitate public access reporting in paper progress reports (PHS 2590) submitted on or after this ‘to be announced’ spring date…

The Taubman Health Sciences Library provides a research guide to assist you with compliance requirements at:


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