Requesting open access funding

What funding is available?

If your work is funded by one of the UK Research Councils (formerly grouped as RCUK but now part of UKRI), including NC3Rs, but excluding Innovate UK and the UK Space Agency, you can apply for funding against the block grant our university administers on behalf of UKRI to cover your Article Processing Charges (APCs).

UKRI has additional regulations on how these funds can be used and further information can be found using the link given above.


The COAF partnership, which began in October 2014, ceased on 30 September 2020. All partners are committed to open access and will continue to fund open access costs for the researchers they support. However, the mechanisms for supporting open access will vary across the individual charities. Please visit our Health Charities webpage for more information.

We regret that no central source of University funding exists to pay open access costs.

Please note that open access block grants may not be used to pay Editorial Assessment Charges arising from the Nature journals Guided Open Access initiative.

APC charges for research not covered by the UKRI block grant or the health charities will require authorisation from your Head of School or authorised signatory for the project code provided. Some publishers will waive APCs on a case-by-case basis and some funders may allow fees to be charged to the grant. Please discuss with your publisher or funder directly. 

The University also has agreements with certain publishers that provide full or partial APC discounts: please see our APC discounts for authors and Transformative agreements pages for further details.

How do I access the funding?

To apply for open access funding, please use our gold open access webform. Before you start completing the webform, please read this brief user guide

We advise submitting a gold open access webform as soon as possible after acceptance as delay may affect the outcome of the application, particularly when requesting funding from the UKRI block grant.

Please note that for UKRI-funded papers, we expect the applicant to be the lead or corresponding author, while for papers supported by one of the health charities formerly making up COAF it needs to be the funded author who applies.
Authors submitting to Wiley journals may not need to complete the University's gold open access webform. For more information, please visit our Transformative agreements page or contact us at

If you have any technical problems using the webform or a comment regarding your application, please email us at

Note: The gold open access webform replaces the Open Access Funding Application Form (PDF).

Acknowledging your funder

It is vital that you acknowledge your funders in your paper. This is a requirement of UKRI and other funders in order to support data and text mining to ensure compliance with policy and track funded papers. The recommended acknowledgement template which follows is taken from the guidance produced by the Research Information Network (RIN):  

This work was supported by the Research Council A [grant numbers wwww, xxxx]; the Research Council B [grant number yyyy]; and the Research Funder C [grant number zzzz].


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