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Library Research Support: Open Research: UKRI 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

Funding is available for papers acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC.


The current RCUK Block Grant award period runs from 1st April 2021 to the 31st March 2022. Any funds that are committed for you will remain committed until then end of the award period.

During this period, whilst funds remain, we will accept requests for funding in both fully open access and hybrid open access journals. Please note, however, the differences in when we will accept and process these requests.

If you are not funded by a UK Research Council, please check our Publisher Deals page to find out how we can support open access publishing with certain publishers through one of our deals. 



  • If the Block Grant is your only potential means to make a payment, do not request gold open access from a publisher until you have received confirmation from the Open Access team that funds have been committed for you. Payment cannot be guaranteed for any invoices received prior to formal approval.
  • Once you have funds committed for you it is your responsibility to tell the publisher that you would like to publish gold open access.
  • The only licence that can be paid for from the Block Grant is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.
  • We can only accept requests for funding prior to publication. If your paper is published before you make your funding request and it is not open access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence at the point of publication, any APC cannot then be paid from the Block Grant.
  • Payment for mandatory page charges can potentially be made for articles acknowledging UK Research Council funding.  The article must be fully compliant via either the green open access route (the accepted manuscript must be in DRO and any embargo period must not exceed the permitted length) or the article must be gold open access with a CC BY licence. Please contact to discuss this further.

When to request funding

Journal Type When to request APC funding
Articles in fully OA journals

Any time from the point of submission

Requests must be made prior to publication

Articles in hybrid journals which do not offer a compliant green open access option (find out by speaking to a member of the open access team or checking Sherpa Fact)

Any time from the point of submission

Requests must be made prior to publication

Articles in hybrid journals which do offer a compliant green open access option (according to Sherpa Fact

At the point of acceptance

Requests must be made prior to publication


How to request funding: staff profile system

Request funding for an Article Processing Charge (APC) by creating a record in the staff profile system

1) Connect to

2) Login using your CIS username and password

3) Select My Profile from the left-hand menu

  • Select Edit Publications
    • Select Add Publication

4) Opt to Enter details manually:

  • Select the category Journal Article or Conference Proceeding and click New publication

5) Complete the following fields as a minimum:

  • Publication Status (ensure that you specify if the paper has been accepted)
  • RCUK Funded? [Yes]
  • RCUK open access funds required? [Yes]
  • Grant Reference(s) (that will be acknowledged in the paper)
  • Student Author’s Name [If RCUK funding is a Doctoral Training Award]
  • Article Title (or Publication title for a conference proceeding)
  • Journal Title
  • Publisher

6) [Optional] De-select Display new publication on staff profile to prevent this publication from immediately being displayed on your public profile.

Select Create publication

How to request funding: email

Alternatively, if you are not able to access the system please send your request via email and include:

  • The article title
  • The journal title
  • The publisher
  • The status of the article (submitted, accepted etc.)
  • The grant code(s) that will be acknowledged in the paper
  • Confirmation that you are either the PI of the grant or the corresponding author
  • Confirmation that the article is not a review article commissioned by the publisher (if it is, the APC cannot be covered by the Block Grant. You are encouraged to request a waiver from the publisher for the paper to still be published gold open access.)