Funds and Funders

Most major research funders now have a mandate for outputs to be made open access. By accepting a research grant, the grant holder is required to provide open access to the publications arising from the funded research. In addition, publications that wish to be eligible for the next REF assessment exercise also need to be made open access. Funder open access policies are important for supporting research outputs becoming openly accessible by academic and non-academic audiences for posterity.

The Open Access Oxford team supports Oxford authors in understanding the key funder requirements and how to comply. 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.

In addition to publications, most funders require that the supporting research data should be made available open access wherever possible, so others can use it and build on this knowledge. Please go to the Research Data Oxford Webpage for advice on good working practices for research data management and sharing.

Oxford manages four key ‘APC funds’ for: UKRI, Wellcome, British heart foundation and Cancer research UK. Other funders have open access requirements that may be seen below. This section is kept as up to date as possible but many policies are under review.  If you are unsure, you are very welcome to seek advice via the OA Enquiry Team

Funders with open access requirements where funds are administered at Oxford

Click on the links below to see the funder requirements for the four funder’s whose funds are managed at Oxford:







University of Oxford division-specific open access fund

University of Oxford MSD logo

MSD Open and Equitable Publishing Fund (for ECRs – please see criteria)

Funders with open access requirements where funds are administered elsewhere

Use the links below to view the policy requirements and how to (if applicable) access/apply for funds from these funders:

Unfunded Oxford researchers

Researchers who are not in receipt of funds from any of the above can achieve open access via three ‘routes/options:

  1. Publish in a platinum/diamond OA journal – These journals subsidise their publication fees and do not have article processing charges see: DOAJ No APC
  2. Publish in a journal covered by a University of Oxford publisher agreement
  3. Publish in a journal which allows deposit via the OA Green route (search Sherpa Romeo for an outline of journal’s green route permissions) and ‘Act on Acceptance‘ to deposit your manuscript into the Oxford University Research Archive.