UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) provides funding to support its open access policy.
If you are researcher funded by UKRI and expect to pay any costs to publish a research article, monograph, book chapter or edited collection, you should speak to your research organisation. They will give advice on open access funding available to you.
UKRI supports open access publication costs for research articles through an open access block grant to research organisations.
You cannot usually claim these costs from your research grant.
Monographs, book chapters and edited collections
Currently, you may be able to request funding for publication costs for books and other outputs as part of your application for UKRI funding. More information can be found in the terms and conditions and associated guidance, for UKRI fEC grants.
Monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024 will need to be made open access. See our guidance on making your research publications open access.
UKRI is developing a dedicated fund to support these new requirements. For more information see implementing our open access policy.
In the interim, if you are applying for a research grant and expect to publish an output after 1 January 2024, you should include open access costs in your grant application. UKRI will provide updated guidance in due course.
Block grants to support making research articles open access
Open access block grants are given to eligible UK-based research organisations that receive UKRI funding. They can be used to cover costs relating to research articles that enable research organisations to meet the aims of UKRI’s open access policy.
The amount an organisation receives is calculated using an algorithm that uses directly incurred and directly allocated staff costs on UKRI awards as a proxy for research volume. For administrative reasons, only organisations eligible to receive a block grant of £5,000 or more are offered awards. Block grants awarded from 2022 onwards can be found on Gateway to Research.
Research organisations can use the funding for a wide variety of activities that enable them to comply with the policy.
Further details about what the block grant can and cannot be used for are provided in the 2022 to 2023 open access block grant terms and conditions and UKRI open access policy and supplementary frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Under UKRI’s new open access policy, research organisations no longer need to submit a block grant spend returns form.
To seek assurance that the block grant has been spent in line with eligible costs, research organisations will be required to provide overall information about their spend against the block grant through their Final Expenditure Statement (as is standard for grants), and the block grants will be part of Funding Assurance Reviews.
Research organisations will need to demonstrate they have the appropriate process in place to ensure the funding is used for its intended purpose. For example, this could include appropriate governance, as well as effective financial and risk management systems. Additional guidance for 2022 to 2023 can be found in the UKRI open access policy and supplementary frequently asked questions (FAQs).
We are initiating a small pilot with a range of research organisations to better understand how spend will be managed, and how an organisation can demonstrate it has the appropriate processes in place and spend is compliant with the terms and conditions of the open access block grant. The pilot will help inform how the open access block grant will be integrated into UKRI’s existing funding assurance programme.
We are developing the details of the funding assurance process as part of our wider work on monitoring and evaluation of the policy. See implementing our open access policy.
2021 to 2022 block grant for research articles
The information provided relates only to the 2021 to 2022 block grant. It does not apply to the 2022 to 2023 block grant.
For more information on the 2021 to 2022 block grant, see:
- open access block grant terms and conditions: 2021 to 2022
- using the open access block grant for transformative agreements
- open access block grant awards
- research councils’ policy on open access (FAQs).
Ask a question about UKRI open access funding
Check for an existing answer in the UKRI open access policy and supplementary FAQs.