How to get open access funding

Wellcome-funded researchers can access funds to cover open access publishing costs for research papers. 

How you get this funding depends on whether the organisation in which you’re based receives open access block grant funding.

Organisations in receipt of open access block grant funding

Awards have been made to 36 UK universities and research institutes to meet open access publishing costs for original research papers arising from our funding.

If you’re based at one of these organisations, please contact them directly. If you need to know who to contact at your organisation, please email openaccess@wellcome.org.

Organisations not in receipt of open access block grant funding

If you’re at an organisation that doesn’t receive open access funding, please email the following details to openaccess@wellcome.org:

  • your current employing institution
  • title of the paper
  • Wellcome grant reference number
  • journal title
  • proposed date of publication
  • cost of the open access fee.

Monographs and book chapters

Open access block grant funding does not cover the cost of open access publication fees for Wellcome-funded scholarly monographs and book chapters.

To be reimbursed for these costs, please email the following details to openaccess@wellcome.org:

  • your current employing institution
  • title of the monograph or book chapter
  • Wellcome grant reference number
  • publisher name
  • proposed date of publication
  • cost of the open access fee.

We will supplement your research grant and your organisation will be able to claim reimbursement for these additional costs in the usual way.

We will also provide open access funding when a research grant has ended.

You can’t use this funding to cover non-open access publication costs, including page charges and/or costs for colour prints for your original research papers.

Getting funding for part Wellcome-funded papers

Where a paper is from research supported by more than one funding agency, all of which have open access mandates, then the open access publication costs should be split proportionately in line with the funders’ relative contributions. This should be agreed by the paper’s authors.

Organisations should charge the proportional costs to the appropriate funder.

If research funders don’t mandate open access, or if Wellcome is the lead funder on a piece of research, we’re willing to meet the full open access fee.