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Research funders and open access

Most research funders require grant-holders to make their publications open access.
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.

UK medical funders and RCUK

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 also fund open access charges for a proportion of research papers, through a central UCL grant. RCUK grant holders who are full members of UCL staff or research students are eligible to use these funds. Depending on the publisher and Research Council involved, you may also be able to comply with the RCUK policy through Green open access. UCL encourages this option. See our RCUK page for more information.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

Peer reviewed Horizon 2020 publications must be made open access. Click on the logo for more details.

Other funders

If your funder does not provide open access funding, or the work falls outside its policy, you can ask for funding from UCL's open access budget. UCL encourages Green open access, but limited Gold funds are available for UCL corresponding authors who are full UCL staff or research students.


Contact the Open Access Funding Team for advice on complying with funders' policies.

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