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Research funders' policies

Most research funders now require you to make certain outputs available Open Access, as a condition of grant. Researchers should check these requirements as early as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Research outputs should be deposited in Pure to ensure eligibility for the next REF, and the Library can advise on additional funders' requirements.

Wellcome Trust

All research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and are supported in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust, must be made available from Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) as soon as possible, and in any event within 6 months of publication. The policy now also applies to book chapters and scholarly monographs. To comply, you usually need to pay Open Access costs. See further details, and contact us to claim from our Charity Open Access Fund.


Research Councils UK (RCUK)

The RCUK Policy on Open Access applies to peer-reviewed research papers, which acknowledge Research Council funding. To comply, you can choose the ‘green’ route by uploading your Accepted Manuscript in Pure, or the ‘gold’ route by claiming costs from our RCUK Block Grant.

Ensure you have acknowledged the funding that supported the research in your paper in the format: “This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number].” If applicable, include a statement on how the underlying research materials can be accessed.

See further details on RCUK Open Access Policy compliance.


EU (Horizon 2020)

Following the Open Access Pilot in selected EU FP7 programmes, the European Commission (EC) now requires open access to all peer reviewed research articles resulting from Horizon 2020 project funding. You should include any associated costs in your EU grant applications.

See further details on EU Open Access policies.