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Library Research Support: Open Research: Other Funders

This guide is intended to provide advice and support on open access research, including guidance around Durham Research Online (DRO), open access publishing, research data management and related topics.


In addition to UKRI and Wellcome, a number of other external funders have their own open access policies. Details for many of these policies can be found on SHERPA Juliet or OpenDOAR and you should also look at requirements detailed in the terms and conditions of your grant. 

For funders other than UKRI or Wellcome you may find that they will consider open access charges to be an allowable cost for their grant. If this is the case, the Open Access team can provide a more detailed breakdown of potential APC costs for specific journals, if required. 

Remember also that costs for gold open access could also be covered for you though one of our transitional agreements. 

ERC - Horizon 2020

Useful links to the ERC webpages on open Science and their open access policies can be found at: 

You can allocate funds from your ERC grant to costs related to scientific publications and to storage and maintenance of research data generated by the ERC funded project. 

If the grant that you are acknowledging has closed, the Library may still be able to fund gold open access for you through one of our transitional agreements



British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has an open access policy and details of this can be found at: 


We hold a very small grant from BHF to cover eligible costs for Durham authors to publish gold open access. 

BHF stipulates that:

  • We require that a copy of the final version of each peer-reviewed primary research paper or non-commissioned review article accepted for publication, supported in whole or in part by our funding, shall be deposited in Europe PMC, to be made freely available as soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.
  • The block grant cannot be used for APCs associated with commissioned or invited review articles, conference proceedings, editorials, letters or commentaries and any other charges associated with publication, such as page and colour charges.

If you are a Durham author acknowledging a BHF grant in your research article, contact prior to submission to find out more about the funding available. 

UKRI Policy

UKRI Open Access Policy

Wellcome Trust Policy

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

REF and Open Access

Ref and Open Access

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