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Funder Policies


Many research funders now require or encourage authors to make their work available through some form of Open Access. The conditions can vary considerably between funders and some will make additional funding available to facilitate Open Access. You should be able to find a funders policy on their website.

Research Councils UK are committed to providing access to research, this covers research from a number of research councils including:

AHRC - Art and Humanities Research Council

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council

MRC - Medical Research Council

NERC - Natural Environment Research Council

STFC - Science and Technology Facilities Council

Click for full details of the RCUK policy on Open Access to research.

Horizon 2020

Authors in receipt of Horizon 2020 funding from the European Commission will need to make sure their publications are openly available acroding to the policy guidelines and may also need to make their Research Data available.

Click here for full policy details