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NSF: Six New Product Types Now Available in the NSF-PAR

Published July 8, 2024, via Research News

NSF recently announced the following information.

Effective July 1, 2024, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) enabled six new product types in the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR): audiovisual, data paper, educational aid and curriculum, posted content, software, and sound. The NSF-PAR search and filter feature has been updated to include all 11 supported product types. There are no changes to NSF’s Public Access policy or project reporting requirements. 

Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs may also need to enter a digital object identifier (DOI) depending on the product type being added to the NSF-PAR:  

  • Audiovisual, software, and sound products must be entered with a DOI.
  • Data paper and posted content products can be entered with or without a DOI.
  • Educational aid or curriculum products can only be added without a DOI.

Adding New Products to NSF Project Reports

The six new product types do not currently auto-populate from the NSF-PAR into NSF project reports in, but PIs and co-PIs can manually add these product types to project reports. See the table below for navigation instructions in the Project Reporting System to add the new product types.

NSF-PAR Product TypeHow to Add Product Type Manually to NSF Project Reports
AudiovisualSelect “Other Products” > “Audio or Video Products”
Data PaperSelect “Other Conference Presentation / Paper”
Educational Aid or CurriculumSelect “Other Products” > “Educational Aids or Curricula”
Posted ContentSelect “Other Product” > “Other”
SoftwareSelect “Other Product” > “Software or Netware”
SoundSelect “Other Products” > “Audio or Video Products” About Public Access Page

Visit the About Public Access page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and updated how-to guides that include the six new product types. Also see the NSF Public Access Initiative page for the latest information on open science.

Please share this information with all faculty and staff who may need this information.

If you have any questions, please contact OSRS.