UK Research and Innovation Open Access

The University holds a block grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to cover open access costs.

The fund can only be used where it is necessary to pay the publisher to comply with funder requirements and where the publisher offers a compliant method to do so. 

To reduce the risk of authors being prevented from publishing, a proportion of the funding is usually retained each year to ensure that costs can be paid for papers that require a payment in order to be published.  In these cases costs will only be paid where the publisher offers a CC-BY licence.

Some publishers have mandatory charges such as page charges.  These can be covered by the fund where the publisher will also offer a CC-BY licence.  The fund is not used to pay optional costs such as cover or print costs.

It should not be assumed that all costs for papers acknowledging UKRI funders can be covered.

Contact at acceptance and we can confirm if the APC will be covered by the block grant, or how available green routes can be used to comply with UKRI terms.  If you have arranged a waiver or a third party is paying the fee please let us know.

UKRI Funders

The UKRI funders are:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC), including the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Research Council (STFC)


For Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine disciplines (mainly work funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC), UKRI will accept a 6 month embargo.

For Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, (mainly work funded by AHRC or ESRC) UKRI will accept a 12 month embargo.

These embargoes are sometimes extended to 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where UKRI block grant is depleted.


The University will allocate funds to pay APCs for papers acknowledging UKRI awards held at the University of Glasgow where:

1) There is sufficient funding in the central budget and an APC must be paid as there is no other method to make the paper open access to comply with funder terms e.g. where publishers place an embargo on making a paper freely available and this embargo is longer than that acceptable to the funder.  Where an APC has been paid, re-use rights must be unrestricted. Typically, this is indicated by a CC-BY licence.  For more details on this form of licensing see

2) The article is accepted to a fully Open Access journal and if the publication fee is not paid the article will not be published.

3) The fund may be used to support the payment of other mandatory article charges, such as page charges where we are paying the open access fee. 

Please do not assume that all costs will be funded. The funds are finite and sometimes it is not necessary to pay to comply with funders’ requirements. Contact when a paper is accepted and we will confirm if payment is necessary and possible.

UKRI Policy

The UKRI policy and frequently accessed questions can be viewed at: UK Research and Innovation Open Access Policy