Apply for Funds

The open access team manage grants from the UKRI and COAF partners that can be used to pay open access charges for publications arising from research they have funded. If your paper acknowledges funding from the UKRI or COAF, you can apply for funds below.

UKRI open access grant

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) provide the university with funds to support the cost of open access publishing for articles arising from research funded by the AHRCBBSRCEPSRCESRCMRCNERC and STFC.

Charity open access fund (COAF) grant

The Charity open access fund supports the cost of open access publishing for articles arising from research funded by the COAF partners (Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK, Versus Arthritis and the Wellcome Trust).

Allowable costs for research grants

Open access costs can be included in grant applications to some funders, including the NIHR and European Commission. Where open access publication costs are permitted by the funder, the university statement on open access recommends projects include £6,000 as a directly incurred cost at application. To help with estimating costs for applications, a study of open access charges paid by UK universities in 2016 reported the average fee for an article was £1,905, with a median value of £1,800.

University funds for open access 

The university does not have dedicated funds for open access other than the UKRI and COAF grants. However, where no other funds are available to authors and under exceptional circumstances, open access charges may be paid by an author's academic unit or faculty. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are not sure who to contact in your unit, please contact the open access team

Open Access without costs

Most publishing agreements allow authors to make subscription articles open access without cost via the green route. All you need do is upload the accepted manuscript to MyImpact and we will make this open access in ePrints in accordance with publisher terms and conditions. This will typically meet the open access requirements for REF and of many research funders.