Research Funder Policies

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uk research and innovation (ukri) research councils: epsrc, bbsrc, mrc, stfc, nerc, esrc, ahrc

ukri requirements apply to all peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from 1st april 2013.

the library administers the block grant that ukri have transferred to the university of strathclyde. under certain circumstances funding is available to cover the apc fees for accepted manuscripts that reference ukri funded projects - including their full grant number – in their acknowledgements sections. the recommended format is "this work was supported by the xxxxx research council grant no. xxxxx". in order to access funding for an apc fee please contact the open access team who will be able to further advise.

where applicable, a statement on how the underlying research materials (such as data samples or models) can be accessed should be included. for more information, contact the research data management team.

the ukri fund will only pay for articles that have a cc by license that can be made available immediately online and are deposited in pure.

charity open access fund (coaf): wellcome trust, arthritis research uk, cancer research uk, british heart foundation, breast cancer uk, bloodwise, parkinson’s uk.

as with ukri, apc funding assistance can be made available for accepted manuscripts that acknowledge funded projects from any of these charities, including the full grant number. please contact us in order that we may directly pay the fee.

funding is available for journal articles, monographs, and book chapters accepted for publication after 1st october 2014. the version of record must be deposited in pubmed central (pmc).


chief scientist office (cso)

the cso makes up to £6,000 funding available to cover the apc fees for manuscript that acknowledge any of their funded projects (see an example here) accepted for publication within 18 months of completion of the project.
you may directly request the funding to the cso using their form 6a – this funding is provided as a reimbursement. please send us an let us know if you would prefer for us to process this on your behalf.


leverhulme trust

while the research grant is running, the leverhulme trust allows apc fees to be included either within the 25% associated costs allowable on research project grants and research programme grants or within the research expenses category for fellowships.


european projects

publications from h2020 projects may charge their apc fees to the project grant (see p.26 on the h2020 programme multi-beneficiary general model grant agreement).

until feb 2018, publications arising from finished fp7 projects were eligible for apc funding under the fp7 post-grant open access pilot. five strathclyde papers (pdf) received funding under this scheme, which is now finished.


*Wellcome Trust

Wellcome are updating their Open Access Policy from January 2021 to encourage all research publications to be openly accessible on publication, and to acelerate an OA transition.

All original research articles supported in whole, or in part, by wellcome must be:

  • made freely available through pubmed central (pmc) and europe pmc by the official final publication date
  • published under a creative commons attribution licence (cc by), unless there is an agreed exception to allow publication under a cc by-nd licence
  • policy applies to all research articles submitted for publication from 1 January 2021
  • all research articles supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must include a statement explaining how other researchers can access any data, original software or materials underpinning the research
  • researchers and organisations who do not comply with the OA policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions including Wellcome not accepting new grant applications and/or suspending funding to organisations in extreme cases

Therefore, in alignment with Plan S, no embargoes will be accepted, all articles must be openly licensed, APCs in subscription/hybrid journals will no longer be financed unless part of a transformative agreement, and all grantholders must automatically grant a CC BY copyright licence to all their future Author Accepted Manuscripts.