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The Wellcome Trust and five other partner charities have open access policies, and makes funds available to pay their open access publication charges through the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF).

Applying for funds for open access publication fees

From May 2019, there is a new form to be completed to apply for funds for open access fees.

This form can be used by authors with manuscripts that may be funded by COAF (Charity Open Access Fund) block grant, UK Research & Innovation block grant (latterly known as the RCUK block grant), or St George’s institutional open access fund.

Applications must be submitted before a manuscript is submitted to a publisher.

Please first read the Guidance for Authors: Request for funds to cover Open Access and publication charges for manuscripts (PDF, St George's, University of London login required)

Then complete the St George’s Open Access Fund application form (Word, St George's, University of London login required)

Please send a copy of the completed form to openaccess or let us know if you have any queries.

Frequently asked questions

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1. What is the Charity Open Access Fund?

On 1 October 2014, the Wellcome Trust block grant for open access fees allocated to St George’s was replaced by the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF). This is to help pay open access fees for peer-reviewed research publications resulting from research funded by one or more of the partner charities.

Open access fees for research papers acknowledging at least one of the partner charities as a funder may be charged to COAF.
2. What does this apply to?

Original peer-reviewed research articles and non-commissioned review articles that arise directly from research grants made by the COAF partnership charities:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research)
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Parkinson's UK
  • Wellcome Trust.
Breast Cancer Now ceased its arrangement to reimburse open access charges from the COAF grant on 1 October 2016. To comply with Breast Cancer Now’s open access policy, you will need to deposit your article in Europe PMC as soon as possible, and no later than 12 months following publication (usually the version allowed by publishers for deposit in EPMC is the author’s final accepted manuscript). If in doubt, please contact your funder(s), or email the open access team.
3. How is the fund allocated?
The fund is given to St George’s is on a yearly basis. Monies in the fund will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Published papers must be compliant with the open access policy of the funders' in order for the COAF funds to be released. The COAF fund cannot be used to pay for other charges (eg page and colour charges).
4. What do I have to do to comply?

Where COAF funds are used, the journal must:


  • deposit the final version to PMC/EPMC on your behalf.

Alternatively, if you do not pay an open access fee to publish, to be compliant you need to ensure that your publisher will deposit for you, or will allow you to deposit, your final accepted manuscript to EPMC to be made freely available no later than six months after date of publication.

The funder(s) and grant(s) should be acknowledged in all papers, as per your funder requirements.
5. What happens if the money runs out?

Once the funds are spent, St George’s can apply to the Wellcome Trust for further funds for those papers which acknowledge Wellcome Trust research funding. For papers arising from research funded by the other charities, the author/institution will have to refer to the individual COAF funder. Requests will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

6. Where can I get more information?

More information is available on the COAF FAQ page.

To increase the discoverability of your research, please upload your final accepted manuscript to the relevant publication in your CRIS profile (CC-BY published papers will be identified and uploaded for you on your behalf by the CRIS support and development team).
7. What do I have to do to make a claim?

To claim, please see the top of the page.

If you have any queries, please contact your funder or email the open access team.
8. Can I publish for free via Wellcome Open Research?
St George’s researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust can publish for free on Wellcome Open Research (although there may be charges for data hosting and excessive word count). Each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Wellcome grant. Please see more details on the paying open access fees page.


For all enquiries about open access, email the open access team.

For all enquiries about the CRIS and SORA, email the CRIS/SORA team.


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