Funder policies

It is important to know what your research funders’ policies on open access are. This page summarises the main points of the open access policies for some of the major funders of research at the University. For information on research data management and sharing policies see research data policy summaries.

UKRI

*UKRI funding update September 2021*

Work funded by UKRI must be made available open access no later than 6 months (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) or 12 months (AHRC, ESRC) from the date of publication. The policy applies to peer‐reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers), which acknowledge UKRI funding. The policy does not cover monographs, books, critical editions, volumes and catalogues, or forms of non‐peer‐reviewed material. However, UKRI encourages authors of such material to consider making them open access where possible.

The UKRI block grant may be used to pay APCs for gold open access with a CC BY licence, providing that funds are still available and certain conditions are met. Please email OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk to confirm eligibility before committing to paid open access options offered by the publisher.

For more details about UKRI, please contact OpenAccess@funding.ukri.org

AHRC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 12 months

Repository - WRRO recommended by TUoS

BBSRC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 6 months

Repository - Europe PMC suggested / WRRO also recommended by TUoS

EPSRC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 6 months

Repository - WRRO recommended by TUoS

ESRC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 12 months

Repository - WRRO recommended by TUoS

MRC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 6 months

Repository - Europe PMC suggested / WRRO also recommended by TUoS

NERC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 6 months

Repository - NORA / WRRO recommended by TUoS

STFC

Open access policy link

Licence - CC BY

Green publishing (WRRO) embargo limit - 6 months

Repository - WRRO recommended by TUoS

Wellcome Trust and medical charity funders (formerly COAF)

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on October 1st 2020, and its member charities (Welllcome Trust, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis) now have separate open access policies. Links to these policies and further information can be found below.

The Library now only manages open access block grants for the Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation. These grants may be used to pay APCs for gold open access with a CC BY license providing that funds are still available and certain conditions are met. Please email oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk to confirm eligibility before committing to paid open access options offered by the publisher.

The University has an agreement with Wiley, providing free gold open access publishing of research or review articles in Wiley journals. This deal is available to UoS corresponding authors funded by any of the former COAF charities.

Blood Cancer UK

Blood Cancer UK’s open access policy can be found here. They have not yet provided information about how they will support researchers with APC payments, but please direct enquiries to research@bloodcancer.org.uk

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation’s open access policy can be found here. The Library administers a grant on their behalf which can be used to support APC fees for the publication of peer reviewed, primary research articles and non-commissioned reviews funded wholly or in part by BHF, including any irrecoverable VAT on fees. It will not support APCs associated with commissioned or invited review articles, conference proceedings, editorials, letters or commentaries and any other charges associated with the publication, such as page or colour charges.

Please get in touch with us at oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk once your paper has been accepted to confirm eligibility.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK’s open access policy can be found here. The University of Sheffield has not received an open access grant from CRUK this year.

CRUK advises that “researchers that receive funding from us but are not based at an institution which receives support from CRUK block grants may use any unspent grant funds to pay for APCs. Alternatively, until Jan 2022 authors can comply with our policy by self-archiving their publication in Europe PMC within 6 months, if the publisher permits.”

Please direct any enquiries to grants.helpline@cancer.org.uk

Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK’s open access policy can be found here. They expect grant applicants to include open access costs within their research grant applications.

Please direct any enquiries to researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk

Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis’s open access policy can be found here. Authors requiring support to publish articles open access should apply directly to the funder using their ‘Grant Tracker’ tool. Please direct any enquiries to research@versusarthritis.org

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is introducing a new open access policy from 1st January 2021. The new policy will apply to all current and new Wellcome grantees, and involves significant changes to what Wellcome expects, and what they will and will not fund. You can read about the new policy in more detail on this page.

The University Library administers a grant on Wellcome’s behalf, which can be used to cover APC charges if certain conditions are met. These conditions will change along with the policy on 1st January 2021.

Horizon 2020 grant holders must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed publications resulting from funded research no later than 6 months (STEM) and 12 months (AHSS) from the date of publication. Gold open access costs are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project as part of the overall project budget.

Always check your individual funder’s policies for further information and check funder policy news for updates.

For further information, contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.