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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,
  • 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 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 UK Research Councils 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.

Academy of Finland

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Action on Hearing Loss

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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).

Further details

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Brain Research Trust

Is open access required?
No

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
Encourages Gold OA and will contribute towards the cost. The PI
may apply to the Charity at the time of publication for support.

Further details

Breast Cancer Now

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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).

Further details

Department for International Development (DFID)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Department of Health (DH)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
See NIHR entry, below.

Further details

Diabetes UK

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Dunhill Medical Trust

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

European Research Council (ERC)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Fight for Sight

Is open access required?
No

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
Researchers are encouraged to choose Gold OA, with grant funds being used to cover costs.

Further details

FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
See our FP7 page.

Further details

Francis Crick Institute

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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 a UK Research Council or COAF grant, then our block OA grants can be used for Gold costs. 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.

Further details

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
See our REF open access pages.

Further details

Horizon 2020

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
See our H2020 page.

Further details

Leverhulme Trust

Is open access required?
No

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Marie Curie

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Mulitple Sclerosis Society

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
No

How to comply:
Peer reviewed research papers to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green OA.

Further details

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (Nc3rs)

Is open acess required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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, and payment can be made using UCL's UK Research Councils OA funding.

Further details

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Research Council of Norway

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Research England

See the entry for Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), above.

Royal Society

Is open access required?
No

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Vetenskapsradet (Swedish Research Council)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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.

Further details

World Health Organization (WHO)

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
No

How to comply:
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.

Further details

Worldwide Cancer Research

Is open access required?
Yes

Is funding available?
Yes

How to comply:
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. Worldwide Cancer Research will contribute a maximum of £2000 per paper for Gold OA, and a CC BY licence is required if Gold fees are paid.

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