The UK Research and Innovation Open Access Policy applies to researchers funded by UKRI.

The open access policy came into force in April 2013.  It covers all peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings that arise from (in whole or part) and acknowledge UKRI funding, including funding received by students.

The policy has a preference for immediate open access to the paper via the publisher’s website (gold open access) and for that reason provides institutions in receipt of UKRI funding with a block grant each year to cover the costs that may be associated with gold open access (often known as APCs).  If an APC is being paid, they require the use of a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Licence.  Note that other Creative Commons licences (including the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence, CC BY-NC) and many publisher custom licences (including the licence used by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) do not meet the UKRI requirements and so funds for APCs would not be released in those cases.

The policy does also allow papers to be made open access following the green (self-archiving) route.  In these cases they apply maximum embargo periods.  Broadly, these are 6 months for STEM subjects and 12 months for AHSS subjects.  Longer embargo periods may apply if the institutional block grant is exhausted.

Authors are also required to include a statement saying how the data supporting the publication can be accessed, eg through a data centre or repository, or on application to the author(s).

Ideally, UKRI grants should be acknowledged in papers using the full name of UK Research and Innovation followed by the grant number in brackets, eg :

“This work was supported by UK Research and Innovation (grant number XXX).”

Further guidance on acknowledging funders can be found here:

The UKRI policy and FAQs can be found at