Funding rules can affect open access and this has implications for you and your research. You also need to acknowledge your funder and further down this page you’ll find a handy guide on to how to do this.
Not sure what your funder’s rules are with regard to open access?
Sherpa Juliet lists funder’s rules and recommendations. Use the list to check to see if a particular funder has an open access requirement for research outputs.
Does your funding come from one of the Research Councils or Wellcome Trust?
Details of their policies can be obtained from their websites:
- Wellcome Trust – https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/guidance/open-access-guidance
- UKRI – https://www.ukri.org/about-us/policies-standards-and-data/good-research-resource-hub/open-research/
These policies apply to all grant holders from the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, and Innovate UK.
Has your research received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 project?
- All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding will be obliged to make sure any peer reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge. The open access policy is summarized in a brief factsheet.
- For open access details applicable to beneficiaries in projects funded under Horizon 2020, please see the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data.
- Horizon 2020 has a limited pilot action on open access to research data. Participating projects will be required to develop a Data Management Plan (DMP) (see the Guidelines on Data Management), in which they will specify which data will be open. The scope of the pilot is also indicated in the Introduction to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 and in the above Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data.
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Have you acknowledged your funder?
The Research Information Network has developed a standard acknowledgement which is acceptable to all funders:
- The funding agency name should be written in full
- The grant number should be in square brackets
- Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma and space
- Funding agencies should be separated by a semi-colon.
E.g. “This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant number], [grant number]; Medical Research Council [grant number]; and Cancer Research UK [grant number].”
If you don’t correctly acknowledge your funder, it can cause problems, such as making your article ineligible for open access funds from Wellcome Trust.
You can also include the funder and grant number when you deposit the item in the Edinburgh Napier University Research Repository.