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Open Access: UKRI funding: Long form publications

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers


UKRI have provided a dedicated open-access fund for monographs, book chapters and edited collections 

They have dedicated approximately £3.5 million annually to support open-access monograph publishing. Details of how the fund will operate are now available; please see the UKRI FAQ for further terms and conditions. 

Please use the appropriate funding forms to apply to the UKRI fund

UKRI Funding application: Monographs and edited collections 

UKRI Funding application: Book Chapters 

The library Open Research Team will process this request and forward it to UKRI for consideration. 

If you have any problems accessing the form or need further guidance, contact the Open Research Team:

Two stage funding application

Two-stage application

Applications to the fund will be via a staged application process where:

  • at stage 1 the research organisation registers the output(s) with UKRI for funding. A publishing contract does not need to be signed for a stage 1 application
  • at stage 2 the research organisation provides final confirmation of publication to allow UKRI to release funds

As UKRI funds institutions, authors and publishers will not usually apply directly to UKRI for this fund, except in some exceptional circumstances, such as when an author is no longer employed by a research organisation.

The process will involve the UKRI-funded author’s research organisation applying directly to UKRI via an online form. The information below will be required for each output funding is being requested for.

At stage 1:

  • Name of research organisation
  • UKRI funding reference
  • Author name(s)
  • Title of publication
  • Name of publisher
  • Estimated cost (if known)
  • Statement about relationship of the output to the UKRI funded project or grant, including the authors role in this

At stage 2:

  • Date of publication
  • Confirmation of open access publication
  • Financial information
  • Any changes to the information provided at stage 1

We will confirm if a publication is eligible for funding after stage 1. Successful applications will need to demonstrate a substantial link between the publication and UKRI research funding, as well as between the author and UKRI research funding. See UKRI Information page 


Recent updates

***UKRI have Capped Costs***

Maximum funding levels will apply as outlined below.

Types of OA costs supported by the fund  Maximum Funding available (inclusive  of VAT where applicable) 
Book Processing charges (BPC) £10,000
Chapter Processing Charges (CPC) £1,000
Diamond/Non BPC OA models 

£6,000 for the first output. An additional £3000 may be claimed if two or more UKRI publications from your organisation are being published open access under the collection. 

For monographs and edited collections, authors/organisations may claim up to £2000 from the above limits to clear rights for this part, materials if needed; however, these costs can be part of research grants.