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Research funders' open access policies

All of the UCL funders listed in the table below have open access polices, with the majority mandating open access for publications resulting from funded research.

Six medical funders, including the Wellcome Trust, provide UCL with central funding to pay authors' Gold fees. See our medical funders page for more information.

The UK Research Councils (RCUK) also fund open access charges for a proportion of research papers, through a central UCL grant. See our RCUK page for more.

If you don't comply with your funder's policy, part of your existing grant could be withheld, and you may not be eligible for future funding. Your funder's requirements may be more specific than the REF open access policy.

Contact us for more information or advice.

Funder name and policy
Is OA required?
Are funds provided?
How to comply
Action On Hearing Loss Yes Yes
Peer-reviewed articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Fees can only be paid using any underspend on existing grants (no other OA funding provided).
Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Yes Yes All research and data to be made OA under a CC BY licence (via Gold) or equivalent (via Green). If choosing Green, embargo period must be no longer than 12 months. Details of payment mechanism to follow.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Breast Cancer Campaign Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Yes Yes Peer-reviewed articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Researchers can apply to CSO for up to £2000 towards Gold OA fees, and should apply once the article is accepted for publication.
Department for International Development (DFID) Yes Yes
Gold OA preferred for peer-reviewed articles: costs to be budgeted for in grant applications. Green permitted where Gold not available: manuscripts to be made available through R4D repository within 6 months of publication. Various requirements on other outputs - see summary table in policy.
Department of Health (DH) Yes Yes See NIHR entry, below.
Diabetes UK Yes Yes
Articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Fees can be paid using any underspend on existing grants (no other OA funding provided).
Dunhill Medical Trust Yes Yes
Peer-reviewed articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. The Trust will contribute to Gold fees on a sliding scale depending on size of award (e.g. up to £1,000 OA contribution for grants up to £50,000). OA costs should not be included in grant applications. CC BY licence required if Gold fees paid.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
European Research Council (ERC)
Yes Yes
For closed ERC projects see FP7 entry below. For currently active grants: OA fees can be charged against the grant, provided they are incurred during the project. Research articles, monographs or other research publications to be made available through an open access repository within 6 months (STEM subjects) or 12 months (SSH subjects) of publication, via Green or Gold OA.
FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)
Yes Yes The EU is running a pilot project providing open access funds for FP7 projects. Projects must have closed on or after 1/1/2013 and publication must be in a fully open access journal. A cap of €2,000 (including VAT where applicable) per publication is in place, and fees will be provided for a maximum of 3 publications per project. Contact us if you are publishing FP7-funded research. 
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Yes
No
See our REF open access pages.
Horizon 2020 Yes Yes
See our H2020 page.
Irish Research Council Yes No
Peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings to be made available through an open access repository within 6 months (STEM subjects) or 24 months (AHSS subjects) of publication, via Green OA.
Jisc Yes No
Published research papers and conference proceedings to be made available through an open access repository within 6 months of publication, via Green OA.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
Leverhulme Trust No Yes Although The Trust does not mandate open access, it will fund OA charges - providing they are incurred during the life of the grant. Fees should be included in grant applications for Grant-funded researchers, or in the research expenses category for Fellowships.
Marie Curie Cancer Care Yes Yes
Original research articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Grant-funded researchers should budget Gold fees in grant applications, or use any underspend on existing grants. UCL staff at Research Centres (including MCPCRD) should contact Marie Curie Cancer Care at submission to request payment of fees.
Medical Research Council (MRC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Motor Neurone Disease Association Yes Yes
Peer reviewed papers to be made available through PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. MND Association will pay Gold fees directly - costs should not be included in grant applications.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Yes No
Peer reviewed research papers to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green OA.
National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (Nc3rs) Yes Yes
Articles, conference papers and non-comissioned reviews to be made available through PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. CC BY licence required if Gold fees paid. Payment of fees can be made from UCL's RCUK funding.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Yes Yes Research articles, non-commissioned reviews and final reports/executive summaries to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. The ‘one main research article’ per NIHR grant should be made Gold OA with a CC BY licence. Grant-funded researchers should budget Gold fees in grant applications, or use any underspend on existing grants. Otherwise, researchers should apply for additional funding from NIHR. NIHR Researchers should note that there is no cost for publishing in one of the NIHR fully open access journals.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Yes Yes
Peer-reviewed articles to be made available through PubMed Central within 12 months of publication, via Green OA. NIH will accept the final published article in lieu of the final peer-reviewed manuscript (providing the author has the right to deposit this version). Gold publication fees may be charged to NIH grants and contracts.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Yes Yes
Effective from 1/1/2016. Peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings to be made available through an open access repository within 12 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Further details to come.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Parkinsons UK Pending Pending Guidelines under revision.
Royal Society No Yes
Although The Society does not have an open access policy, researchers should note that it will waive OA fees for Royal Society-funded research fellows if they publish in one of the Royal Society journals.
Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our RCUK page.
Vetenskapsradet (Swedish Research Council) Yes Yes
Peer reviewed articles and conference papers to be made available through an open access repository within 6 months of publication (12 months for educational sciences, humanities, and social sciences researchers), via Green or Gold OA. Researchers should budget for Gold OA charges in their grant applications. From 2017, the CC BY licence will be required if Gold fees are paid.
Wellcome Trust Yes Yes, central UCL funding available See our COAF page.
Worldwide Cancer Research Yes Yes
Peer-reviewed articles to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Worldwide Cancer Research will pay Gold fees directly - costs must not be charged to individual grants. CC BY licence required if Gold fees paid.

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