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Library Research Support: Open Research: Wellcome OA Funding

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.

Request funding: Wellcome

The library is now in receipt of a small Block Grant from the Wellcome Trust from 1st October 2020 - 30th September 2021. This award is to fund the open access publishing costs for original research papers which have been supported in whole or in part by Wellcome, and published in line with their Open Access policy. Please note that during the course of this award our Open Access policy will change and this will affect how the funds can be used. 

The Block Grant can be used for:

  • Aritcle Processing Charges (APCs) incurred on or after 1st October 2020.
  • For journal articles reporting original primary research supported in whole or in part by Wellcome.

The process for applying for costs associated with monographs / book chapters remains unchanged and authors should liaise with Wellcome directly.

The Block Grant is unable to cover any costs associated with non-OA publication costs (e.g. page or colour charges) 

How to request funding

Please use the journal checker tool (currently Sherpa Fact but a new journal checker tool will be released in November) to check that your journal is compliant with Wellcome's policy.

Contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk to request funding with the following information:

  • Wellcome Grant ID number
  • Title of article
  • Journal name 
  • Confirm a CC BY licence will be selected
  • Confirm the article is not commissioned by the publisher

Although the Block Grant we are in receipt of is quite small, we are able to request top ups from Wellcome throughout the grant period - therefore, if you are aware of any forthcoming articles that will need funding, please let us know as soon as possible.  This will allow us to communicate our requirements to Wellcome and reduce any delay to supplementary funding. 

Policy changes from 1st January 2021

The changes to Wellcome's policy will have a direct impact on what we can use the Block Grant to pay for: we will be unable to pay for APCs for any hybrid journals that are not part of a transformative agreement.  The journal checker will be able to help you identify any non-compliant journals.  Durham University currently have a number of 'Read and Publish' agreements with several publishers which will be eligible.