US: Department of Education - Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs

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Policy Status: Proposed
Language: English
Jurisdiction: National
Country: United States of America
Policy license: CC BY


Policy Title: US: Department of Education - Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs - Go to the policy
Author(s): US Department of Education
Description: The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations regarding the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in order to require that all Department grantees awarded direct competitive grant funds openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds.

These proposed changes would increase the Department's ability to be more strategic with limited resources, broadening the impact of its investments by allowing stakeholders, such as local educational agencies (LEAs), State educational agencies (SEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other entities, to benefit from these investments, even if they are not themselves recipients of Department funds. An open licensing requirement would also allow the Department to sustain innovations beyond the grant period by encouraging subject matter experts and users to adapt, update, and build upon grant products, stimulating quality and innovation in the development of educational resources. Finally, the proposed requirement would promote equity and access to Department-funded technology and materials and increase transparency and accountability for the Department and its grantees.

Early estimates are this new rule will affect 46 Education programs, with a combined value of a bit over $4 Billion in both FY 2014 and 2015.

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