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The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six health research charities set up on 1 October 2014 to enable open access to the published outputs of the research they support. The partner charities are: Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, and Wellcome Trust.

COAF will be dissolved as of 30 September 2020. As a result, the COAF joint block grant system will end, and each charity funder will have its own process for paying open access article processing charges (APCs) for journal articles.

The Open Access Team will continue to support the payment of APCs for authors via the COAF block grant until 30 September 2020. From 1 October 2020 their proposed methods are outlined in this table provided by COAF.

In summary:

  • Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK will each provide a block grant to institutions.
  • British Heart Foundation funded papers can be paid for by institutions, who then seek reimbursement.
  • Blood Cancer UK and Parkinson’s UK will permit open access fees as an allowable costs on grant applications.
  • Versus Arthritis authors requiring support to publish articles resulting from work funded by Versus Arthritis should apply directly via their Grant Tracker.

From 1 October 2020, authors should continue to submit their papers to the Open Access Team as usual via our website. The funders’ policies remain the same until 1st January 2021. We advise authors covered by Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK to familiarise themselves with the changes to their funder’s open access policies, which are outlined in COAF’s table.

Services at the University of Cambridge 

The University will administer the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK block grant centrally. Authors should upload their accepted manuscripts to Symplectic Elements The Open Access Team will continue to advise on the best course of action to meet funder requirements, but we may not always be able to pay APCs.