Open Access Funding

RCUK open access fund

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) grant supports open access publishing of papers arising from research funded by the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC. Authors applying for these funds should ensure their publications meet the RCUK open access requirements.

Charity open access fund (COAF)

The Charity open access fund grant supports open access publishing of papers arising from research funded by 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 meet the COAF open access requirements.

Allowable costs for research grants

Open access costs can be included in grant applications to some funders, including the NIHR and European Commission. 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.

Faculty open access funding

Open access charges may be paid by an author's school or faculty where no other funds are available. Requests are considered on a case by case basis and payments made only under exceptional circumstances. Please contact the open access team to discuss this option.

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 and conditions. This will typically meet the open access requirements for REF and of many research funders.