The Department of Defense has had in place since February 2015 the Plan to Establish Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directive that agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development develop plans to support increased access to the results of research funded by the federal government. In September 2016 they released the DoD Open Government Plan version 4.0 which addresses the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (first issued in 2011 and updated in 2013 and 2015) which provided for increased public access to federally funded research information. This plan includes information about the methods researchers can use to submit articles and manuscripts to the DTIC. It also provides guidance and information on the open source software initiative and the DARPA Open Catalog.
A new version of DoD Instruction 3200.12 - "DoD Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), Change 3" was published December 17, 2018, and fully implemented in February 2019. The submission of DoD-funded journal articles to the Defense Technical Information Center is now required.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) describing the scientific data expected to be created or gathered in the course of a research project must be submitted to DTIC at the start of each research effort. It is important that DoD researchers document plans for preserving data at the outset, keeping in mind the potential utility of the data for future research or to support transition to operational or other environments. Otherwise, the data is lost as researchers move on to other efforts. The essential descriptive elements of the DMP are listed in section 3 of DoDI 3200.12, although the format of the plan may be adjusted to conform to standards established by the relevant scientific discipline or one that meets the requirements of the responsible Component.
With these changes Public Access* is now officially part of the DoD STIP. Directive-type Memorandum (DTM) 17-002, “Public Access to the Results of DoD Intramural Basic Research Published in Peer Reviewed Scholarly Publications,” published in 2017 as a temporary measure, has been cancelled. The DoD Public Access requirements now apply to all research areas covered by DoDI 3200.12.
* The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandate for public access to federally funded research results requires that agencies with large R&D budgets make journal articles available to the public after a 12-month embargo period.
UVa IRB for Health Sciences Research: Department of Defense (DoD) Funded Research page provides information about applicable federal regulations.
Department of Defense Research & Engineering Enterprise
Department of Defense Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E): Appropriations Structure report from the Congressional Research Service. June 25, 2018.
The office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) manages Congressional Special Interest Medical Research Programs (CSI) encompassing breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers, neurofibromatosis, military health, and other specified areas.
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