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Durham University

Open Research

Request Funding

When to request funding for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Funding is available for papers acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC.

The current RCUK Block Grant award period runs from 1st April 2020 to the 31st March 2021. Any funds that are committed for you will remain committed until then end of the award period.

During this period, whilst funds remain, we will accept requests for funding in both fully open access and hybrid open access journals. Please note, however, the differences in when we will accept and process these requests:

Journal type When to make your request for APC funding
Articles in fully OA journals

Any time from the point of submission

Requests must be made prior to publication

Articles in hybrid journals which do not offer a compliant green open access option (according to Sherpa Fact - new beta tool at - new beta tool at

Any time from the point of submission

Requests must be made prior to publication

Articles in hybrid journals which do offer a compliant green open access option (according to Sherpa Fact - new beta tool at

At the point of acceptance

Requests must be made prior to publication

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us.

Some things to note

If the Block Grant is your only potential means to make a payment, do not request gold open access from a publisher until you have received confirmation from the Open Access team that funds have been committed for you. Payment cannot be guaranteed for any invoices received prior to formal approval.

Once you have funds committed for you it is your responsibility to tell the publisher that you would like to publish gold open access.

We can only accept requests for funding prior to publication. If your paper is published before you make your funding request and it is not open access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence it is very unlikely that a payment will be made to publish your paper open access retrospectively.

Grant acknowledgement

Funded research should include a full grant acknowledgement, including external grant number/s.

Example of funder-approved acknowledgement format:

  • Single grant

This work was supported by [Funder] [grant number xxxxx].

  • Multiple grants

This work was supported by the [Funder 1] [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; [Funder 2] [grant number zzzz]; and [Funder 3] [grant number aaaa].


The only licence that we are permitted to pay for from the RCUK Block Grant is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

If you select the wrong licence by mistake and the publisher refuses to make the change we will not be able to make the payment for the APC and you may be liable to fund the charge from elsewhere.

Request funding: Staff Profile System

Request funding for an Article Processing Charge (APC) by creating a record in the staff profile system

1) Connect to

2) Login using your CIS username and password

3) Select My Profile from the left-hand menu

  • Select Edit Publications
    • Select Add Publication

4) Opt to Enter details manually:

  • Select the category Journal Article or Conference Proceeding and click New publication

5) Complete the following fields as a minimum:

  • Publication Status (ensure that you specify if the paper has been accepted)
  • RCUK Funded? [Yes]
  • RCUK open access funds required? [Yes]
  • Grant Reference(s) (that will be acknowledged in the paper)
  • Student Author’s Name [If RCUK funding is a Doctoral Training Award]
  • Article Title (or Publication title for a conference proceeding)
  • Journal Title
  • Publisher

6) [Optional] De-select Display new publication on staff profile to prevent this publication from immediately being displayed on your public profile.

Select Create publication

Request funding: by email

Alternatively, if you are not able to access the system please send your request via email and include:

  • The article title
  • The journal title
  • The publisher
  • The status of the article (submitted, accepted etc.)
  • The grant code(s) that will be acknowledged in the paper
  • Confirmation that you are either the PI of the grant or the corresponding author
  • Confirmation that the article is not a review article commissioned by the publisher (if it is, the APC cannot be covered by the Block Grant. You are encouraged to request a waiver from the publisher for the paper to still be published gold open access.)