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Summary of other funders' Open Access policies

Below is a summary of the requirements of non-UK funders' open access policy that most commonly fund University of Cambridge researchers.




Funds provided?

ERC Research outputs and data 'made available'

6 month STEM

12 months HASS

Must be budgeted into grants
Horizon 2020 Articles only are mandated to be deposited in a repository

6 month STEM

12 months HASS

Must be budgeted into grants
Gates Foundation All Funded Research including articles accepted for publication shall be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0). 0 months The funder requires researchers direct invoices to the foundation for payment from their central budget. Invoices should be sent to
NIHR Research should be published in a journal that makes the findings available using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0). Articles are to be made available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) as soon as possible 6 months Must be budgeted into grants


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The European Research Council policy was announced in 2012. They require articles and monographs – and associated research data – to be made available within six months of publication for sciences. This is extended to 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. The policy states that they encourage institutions to meet the costs of this, but they have not provided any money to do so and there are no Cambridge University funds available. Costs will therefore have to be met from your research grant, and should be budgeted into future grant applications.

Horizon 2020

All Horizon 2020 peer-reviewed articles are covered by Open Access requirements. Monographs, books, conference proceedings and reports are not mandated, but Open Access is encouraged.

The policy requires that either the published article or accepted manuscript be deposited in a repository no later than publication. Maximum embargoes are six months for sciences and 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. Data sharing is encouraged but there is no obligation, except for projects covered by the Open Data Research Pilot.

Repository records must include the following metadata:

  • the terms [‘European Union (EU)’ and ‘Horizon 2020’][‘Euratom’ and 'Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018’];
  • the name of the action, acronym and grant number;

When submitting articles to it would be helpful if you included this information in the comments field so we can add it to the record.

Open Access costs are eligible expenses that can be claimed from your research grant and should be budgeted for in grant applications.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation open access policy is changing effective January 1, 2021 to align with Plan S principles. For more detailed information, please read the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Open Access Policy. The policy applies to original research papers and non-commissioned review papers.

It is a requirement of funding that papers covered by the policy will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0), and be available immediately upon their publication, without any embargo period. Researchers are requires to include a rights retention statement in the submitted manuscripts that states: "This work was supported, in whole or in part, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [OPPID]. Under the grant conditions of the Foundation, a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License has already been assigned to the Author Accepted Manuscript version that might arise from this submission."

Please be aware that this funder will no longer support open access fees in hybrid journals- the Foundation will only pay fees for articles publishing in Gold Open Access journals


NIHR requires that NIHR-funded researchers publish their main study findings in a peer-reviewed, open access journal under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0). A copy of the final manuscript of any research papers supported in whole or in part by the NIHR should be deposited with Europe PMC upon acceptance for publication, or within 6 months of publication.

Last updated December 2020