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Research funders' open access policies

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

Six medical research charities belong to the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF): Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK, and the Wellcome Trust. COAF provide UCL with central funding to pay authors' Gold fees. If you are funded by any of the above see our COAF funders page for more information.

The UK Research Councils (RCUK) also fund Gold open access charges for research papers, through a central UCL grant. If you are funded by any of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), or Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), see our RCUK page for further details.

If you don't comply with your funder's policy, your existing grant may be partially withheld, and you may not be eligible for future funding. It's important to note that 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

Academy of Finland
 Yes  Yes Peer-reviewed articles to be made available via an open access repository within 6 months of publication (12 months for humanities and social sciences) via Green or Gold OA. Gold OA can be paid for from grant funds and costs for Gold to be budgeted for in grant applications. 
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).
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Yes Yes All research and supporting data to be made Gold OA under a CC BY licence (or equivalent). The Foundation will pay directly - researchers should not pay OA fees from their grant, or seek reimbursement. Additional costs such as page charges are also covered. See the Foundation's FAQ for more.
Brain Research Trust
 No  Yes Encourages Gold OA and will contribute towards the cost. The PI
may apply to the Charity at the time of publication for support.
Breast Cancer Now
Yes Yes All publications to be made available through Europe PMC within 12 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Fees can be paid using any underspend on existing grants (no other OA funding provided).
Department for International Development (DFID) Yes Yes
Gold OA with a CC-BY licence preferred for peer-reviewed articles: costs to be budgeted for in grant applications. Green OA 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), with written permission of Diabetes UK.
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.
European Research Council (ERC)
Yes Yes
For closed ERC projects see our FP7 page. 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.
Fight for Sight
No
Yes
Encourage Gold OA, with grant funds being used to cover costs.
FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)
Yes Yes See our FP7 page.
Francis Crick Institute
Yes Yes
Where offered by the journal, Gold OA with a CC-BY licence must be selected for peer-reviewed research and uninvited review articles. If the author is from UCL and also holds an RCUK/COAF grant then our block OA grants can be used for Gold costs. See our RCUK and/or COAF pages. Authors not at Crick's partner institutions (UCL, ICL and KCL) should contact Crick, who can also cover APCs as part of its core budget.
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Yes
No
See our REF open access pages.
Horizon 2020 Yes Yes
See our H2020 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 Yes Yes
For closed Marie Curie projects see our FP7 page. For currently active grants: original research articles and systematic reviews 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 in existing grants. UCL staff at Research Centres (including MCPCRD) should contact Marie Curie at submission to request payment of fees.
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-commissioned 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.
Research Council of Norway
 Yes  Yes All articles to be made available through an open access repository within 6 (STEM) or 12 (Humanities & Social Sciences) months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Gold OA costs to be paid by institutions with  RCoN internal publication funds established. UCL has no such fund, so UCL authors should consult co-authors at institutions with this funding in place, or opt for Green OA.
Royal Society No Yes
Although The Society does not have an open access policy, researchers are encouraged to publish in fully Open Access journals and should note that fees will be waived for Royal Society-funded research fellows if they publish in one of the Royal Society journals.
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. A CC BY licence is required if Gold fees are paid.
World Health Organization
 Yes  No  All articles and chapters to be made available through PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA. Researchers should budget for Gold OA charges in their grant applications. A CC BY licence is required if Gold fees are paid.
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. Max £2000.