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Open access grants managed by the library.

UKRI open access grant

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) provide the university with a grant to support the cost of open access publishing for articles arising from research funded by the AHRCBBSRCEPSRCESRCMRCNERC and STFC. If your paper acknowledges a UKRI funder you can apply for open access funding.

Apply for UKRI funds

Wellcome Trust open access grant

The Charity open access fund (COAF) has now closed. Researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust can now apply for a new open access block grant provided by the trust.

Apply for Wellcome Trust funds

Cancer Research UK open access grant

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) now provide a separate block grant to support the open access publishing costs of their researchers/

Apply for CRUK funds

British Heart Foundation open access grant

The British Heart Foundation now provide the university with a block grant to support eligible costs for funded researchers.

Apply for BHF funds


Costing open access in grant applications

Other funders including the NIHR, European Commission, Blood Cancer UK and Parkinson’s UK allow open access costs to be included in grant applications. Where open access publication costs are permitted by the funder, the university statement on open access recommends projects include £6,000 as a directly incurred cost at application. To help with estimating costs for applications, a study of open access charges paid by UK universities in 2016 reported the average fee for an article was £1,905, with a median value of £1,800.

University funds for open access

The university does not have dedicated funds for open access other than the UKRI and COAF grants. However, where no other funds are available to authors and under exceptional circumstances, open access charges may be paid by an author's academic unit or faculty. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are not sure who to contact in your unit, please contact the open access team

Open Access without costs

Most publishing agreements allow authors to make subscription articles open access without cost via the green route. All you need do is upload the accepted manuscript to MyImpact and we will make this open access in ePrints in accordance with publisher terms. This will typically meet the open access requirements for REF and of many research funders.

Deposit in ePrints via MyImpact

Your paper may also be elgibile for open access without costs to you through a transformative agreement we signed with the publisher.