Acknowledging a funder
Most funders require researchers to acknowledge in any publication the support received from the funder in question. A standard format for journal articles (below) was agreed by major research funders and publishers.
Recommended format (funder name in full, followed by grant number in square brackets), e.g.
This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxxx].
Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by a semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder e.g.:
This work was supported by the Gates Foundation [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].
This format is based on recommendations by the Research Information Network in ‘Acknowledgment of Funders in Scholarly Journal Articles‘.
Rights Retention text
(for an explanation please see our Rights retention page) As part of Wellcome and the UKRI’s new open access policy for research articles, the recommended acknowledgement statement has been updated as follows:
This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the [Funder name] [Grant number]. For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Data declaration statement
If a funder policy on Open Access requires a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed. We recommend using one of the following statements (reposted here with kind permission of University of Exeter)
[Note: the below text refers to a data declaration statement, for more on how to make your data itself open please see our sister site Research Data Oxford)
- The research materials supporting this publication can be publicly accessed in [repository/data centre/archive] via the following persistent identifier: [Persistent Identifier]. The research materials are available under a [licence].
- The research materials supporting this publication have been deposited in [repository/data centre/archive]. If you wish to access these research materials please contact [name and contact details].
- The research materials supporting this publication can be accessed at [URL].
- The research materials supporting this publication can be accessed by contacting [contact details].
- Due to the confidential nature of some of the research materials supporting this publication not all of the data can be made accessible to other researchers. Please contact [contact details] for more information.”