Open Access Funding

RCUK open access fund

Research Councils UK (RCUK) provide the university with funds to support the cost of open access publishing for articles arising from research funded by the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

Authors applying for these funds should ensure their publications will meet the RCUK open access requirements.

Charity open access fund (COAF)

The Charity open access fund supports the cost of open access publishing for articles arising from research funded by the COAF partners (Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK and the Wellcome Trust).

Authors applying for these funds should ensure their publications will meet the COAF open access requirements.

Allowable costs for research grants

Research funders other than the RCUK and COAF partners may consider open access charges to be an allowable cost for their grants. For example, open access costs can be included in NIHR and European Commission Horizon 2020 grants. Authors should refer to their conditions of grant and contact the open access team for support.

See also the FAQ on Gold Cost Recovery on including provision for open access charges in grant applications.

Faculty open access funds

For publications not arising from research funded by the RCUK or COAF, open access charges may under exceptional circumstances be paid by an author's school or faculty. Please contact the open access team to discuss this option.

Open Access without costs

With most journals, authors can provide open access to make their publications open access without additional costs by uploading their accepted manuscripts to the university repository ePrints via MyImpact.