accounting-761599_1280Funders grant rules and funding

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 RCUK or Wellcome Trust?

Details of their policies can be obtained from their websites –

These policies apply to all grant holders from the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and PPARC.

University of Nottingham have created a briefing paper about the practical requirements of the major research funders on scholarly output which can be read on their website –

I have heard about the Charity Alliance but I don’t know what it is. Can they help with funds to make my research open access?

  • An alliance of charities including Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK have launched a fund to make charitably funded research immediately free to access and re-use.
  • The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) will provide single combined block grants to UK research institutions to meet open access article processing charges for peer-reviewed research publications resulting from research funded by one or more of the six partner charities: Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust

Has your research received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 project? Would you like to know more about the EU policy?

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 funds from RCUK or Wellcome block grants.

You can include the funder and grant number when you deposit the item in the Edinburgh Napier University Research Repository.