President Obama: Require open access to publicly funded research
  • Petitioned John P. Holdren

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
John P. Holdren
United States Chief Technology Officer
Todd Park
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

President Obama: Require open access to publicly funded research

    1. Petition by

      jack andraka

      crownsville, MD

Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in research. But even though taxpayers fund this research, it’s not made available to the public for free. We need open online access to this important research now!

This research is vital for teachers, students, researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs - and it shouldn’t be kept behind expensive paywalls that charge $30 per paper or $25,000 for a journal subscription. Only one federal agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a public access policy and it’s been a great success!

I’m only 15 years old, but with free access to research through NIH’s Public Access Policy, I was able to develop a revolutionary new test for early-stage pancreatic cancer that is faster, cheaper, and more accurate than any other test. Think of what other young people can achieve with access to this scientific research if it’s made readily available to them! Think of what researchers could do with full access!

President Obama can and should implement an open access policy that requires federal agencies that fund scientific research to make the results of that research freely available on the Internet with reuse rights. The President and Congress should also support passage of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) to make open access the law of the land.

Please join me in asking him to do so.

To:
John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Please take action immediately to direct all federal science agencies to create open access policies requiring federally funded research be made freely available to the public on the Internet in a timely manner and with full reuse rights.

I also support making these policies law through the passage of FASTR, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S. 350, H.R. 708).

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Martha Arntson OVERLAND PARK, KS
      • 7 months ago

      Finally! A possible paper test for Pancreatic Cancer! And no, it wasn't a huge company, just one boy in his garage!

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    • Taisia Sturza HOUSTON, TX
      • 8 months ago

      I Want to conduct research in healthcare and need free access to current journals and studies already out there too!

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    • Timothy Naughton BALTIMORE, MD
      • 12 months ago

      Getting rid of cancer!

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    • Geoff Egan EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Multiplies by dozens researchers (like Jack A.) who can get access to what works or not in planning new projects. Taxpayers pay for research, why pay again to see result?

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    • Dana McClellan FORT COLLINS, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      We should have free access to anything that is publicly funded.

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