Funder Open Access requirements

The majority of research funders now have policies in place to ensure that the results of the research they fund are openly available. All research outputs arising from externally funded research at the University must abide by their funders’ policies. It is therefore important that you are familiar with the terms and conditions of your research grant or contract.

The majority of research funders’ Open Access policies are available via the SHERPA / JULIET database. Nonetheless, it is recommended that you also refer back to the terms and conditions of your grant or contract and to any other project specific agreements, such as collaboration agreements with project partners.

On this page you will find the requirements of some of the University’s funders.

The UKRI announced their new Open Access policy on the 6th August 2021. For more details on this policy see the UKRI page on publishing your research findings.

The policy applies to:

  • peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022.
  • monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024.

If you submit an article for publication before 1 April 2022, you should follow the existing research councils policy on open access and supporting guidance.  This policy applies to:


Published outputs that arise from Wellcome funding must be open and accessible to everyone.

From 1 January 2021, all original, peer-reviewed research articles that are supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must be:

  • made freely available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC by the official final publication date
  • published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless Wellcome have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence.

Their policy for monographs and book chapters remains unchanged.

The Wellcome Open Access Policy provides further details.

Wellcome also provide a page with detailed practical guidance on complying with the Wellcome open access policy.

For help with identifying if a journal is compliant with your funder requirements, please contact the Library Research Support Team
Call: (0114) 225 3852