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 intending to apply 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

Some research funders allow open access to be costed in to their grants. For example, open access costs can be included in NIHR and European Commission Horizon 2020 grant applications. The university statement on open access recommends that where such costs are permitted by the funder, research projects should include £6,000 for open access publication as a directly incurred cost at application.

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

In most cases, authors can make their papers open access without costs via the green route. All authors need do is upload the accepted manuscript to MyImpact and we will make this open access in the university repository ePrints.