Research Funder Policies

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.