Open Access Funds

Background

More institutions, funders, foundations and government agencies than ever before have come together to cover author publication fees. For example:
  • Some funders allow publication fees to be included as line items on a grant
  • Some institutional libraries offer Open Access funds
  • Some deans and/or department heads, or a co-author’s grant, may have discretionary funds available for Open Access publishing, or publishing in general
  • European researchers may be able to access article processing grants from research funders, available via the institutional library. Examples include: Research Councils UK (RCUK), German Research Foundation (DFG) and The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

Finding Publication Fee Funding

To help researchers, PLOS has collated an example list of institutions and funders from around the world who have Open Access funds or policies to allow researchers to expense publication fees directly from their grants. To confirm amounts and details of funding and eligibility, contact the organization as indicated. If you wish to update the listing, contact institutionalaccounts@plos.org.

 

Institutions’ Programs List – Fee Support

The following institutions have made Open Access funds available to cover Article Processing Charges (APC). Each institution sets its own criteria. Based on the institution, it will either fund the APC directly or reimburse the author. To confirm amounts and details of funding and eligibility, contact the organization as indicated:
Australia
  • Australian Catholic University
    Funds: YES
  • University of Adelaide
    Funds: YES
    *School of Psychology only
  • University of Technology, Sydney
    Funds: YES
Canada
  • Brock University
    Funds: YES
  • Carleton University
    Funds:  YES
  • Concordia University
    Funds:  YES
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES  
  • Ontario Genomics Institute
    Funds: YES
  • Ryerson University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Simon Fraser University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Calgary
    Funds: YES
  • University of Manitoba
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Ottawa
    Funds: YES
  • University of Saskatchewan
    Funds: YES
  • University of Toronto
    Funds: YES
  • York University
    Funds: YES
Denmark
  • Odense University Hospital
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Southern Denmark
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Germany
  • Bielefield University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Chemnitz University of Technology
    Funds: YES
  • Free University of Berlin (Freie Universitat Berlin)
    Funds: YES
  • Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf
    Funds: YES
  • Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
    Funds: YES
  • Justus Liebig University Giessen
    Funds: YES
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Funds: YES
  • Leibniz University of Hannover
    Funds: YES
  • Ruhr University Bochum
    Funds: YES
  • Technische Universität München
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
    Funds: YES
  • University of Goettingen
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Heidelberg
    Funds: YES
  • University of Regensburg
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Tubingen
    Funds: YES
  • University of Ulm
    Funds: YES
Luxembourg
  • Institute for Health & Behavior
    University of Luxembourg
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Mexico
  • CINVESTAV Unidad Irapuato
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Netherlands
  • Delft University of Technology
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Tilburg University
    Funds: YES
  • Utrecht University
    Funds: YES
Norway
  • Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
    Funds: YES
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
    Funds: YES
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    Funds: YES
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
    Funds: YES
  • Sogn og Fjordane University College
    Funds: YES
  • Telemark University College
    Funds: YES
  • University of Agder
    Funds: YES
  • University of Bergen
    Funds: YES
  • University of Nordland
    Funds: YES
  • University of Oslo
    Funds: YES
  • University of Tromsø
    Funds: YES
  • Volda University College
    Funds: YES
South Africa
  • Stellenbosch University
    Funds: YES
  • University of Cape Town
    Funds: YES
Spain
  • University of Barcelona
    Funds: YES
Sweden
  • Chalmers University of Technology
    Funds: YES
  • Lund University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Switzerland
  • ETH Zurich
    Funds:  YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Zurich
    Funds: YES
United Kingdom
  • Aberystwyth University
    Funds: YES
  • Aston University
    Funds: YES
  • Babraham Institute
    Funds: YES
  • Bangor University
    Funds: YES
  • Birkbeck College, University of London
    Funds:  YES
  • Bournemouth University
    Funds: YES
  • Brunel University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Cardiff University
    Funds: YES
  • City University London
    Funds: YES
  • Cranfield University
    Funds: YES
  • De Montfort University
    Funds: YES
  • Durham University
    Funds: YES
  • EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute
    Funds: YES
  • Heriot-Watt University
    Funds: YES
  • Imperial College London
    Funds: YES
  • Institute of Cancer Research, University of London
    Funds: YES
  • Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
    Funds: YES
  • Institute of Education, University of London
    Funds: YES
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Funds: YES
  • Institute of Food Research
    Funds:  YES
  • Keele University London
    Funds: YES
  • King’s College London
    Funds: YES
  • Kingston University
    Funds: YES
  • Lancaster University
    Funds: YES
  • Liverpool John Moores University
    Funds: YES
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    Funds: YES
  • London Metropolitan University
    Funds: YES
  • London School of Economics & Political Science
    Funds: YES
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Loughborough University
    Funds: YES
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
    Funds: YES
  • Middlesex University
    Funds: YES
  • MRC Centre Cambridge
    Funds: YES
  • MRC Toxicology Unit
    Funds:  YES
  • National Institute of Agricultural Botany
    Funds: YES
  • National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
    Funds: YES
  • Natural History Museum
    Funds: YES
  • NERC British Antarctic Survey
    Funds: YES
  • NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
    Funds: YES
  • NERC British Geological Survey
    Funds: YES
  • Newcastle University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Northumbria University
    Funds: YES
  • Nottingham Trent University
    Funds:  YES
  • Open University
    Funds:  YES
  • Oxford Brookes University
    Funds:  YES
  • Pirbright Institute
    Funds:  YES
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
    Funds:  YES
  • Plymouth University
    Funds: YES
  • Queen Mary University of London
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Queen’s University Belfast
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Rothamsted Research
    Funds:  Yes
  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London
    Funds: YES
  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
    Funds: YES
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council Laboratories
    Funds: YES
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science
    Funds: YES
  • Sheffield Hallam University
    Funds: YES 
  • St. George’s University of London
    Funds: YES
  • Swansea University
    Funds: YES
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
    Funds: YES
  • University College London
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Aberdeen
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Bath
    Funds: YES
  • University of Birmingham
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Bradford
    Funds: YES
  • University of Brighton
    Funds: YES
  • University of Bristol
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Cambridge
    Funds: YES
  • University of Central Lancashire
    Funds: YES
  • University of Dundee
    Funds: YES
  • University of East Anglia
    Funds: YES
  • University of East London
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Edinburgh
    Funds: YES
  • University of Essex
    Funds: YES
  • University of Exeter
    Funds: YES
  • University of Glasgow
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Hertfordshire
    Funds: YES
  • University of Huddersfield
    Funds: YES
  • University of Hull
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Kent
    Funds: YES
  • University of Leeds
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Leicester
    Funds: YES
  • University of Lincoln
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Liverpool
    Funds: YES
  • University of London
    Funds: YES
  • University of Manchester
    Funds: YES
  • University of Nottingham
    Funds: YES
  • University of Oxford
    Funds: YES
  • University of Portsmouth
    Funds: YES
  • University of Reading
    Funds: YES
  • University of Salford
    Funds: YES
  • University of Sheffield
    Funds: YES
  • University of Southampton
    Funds: YES
  • University of St. Andrews
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • University of Stirling
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Strathclyde
    Funds: YES
  • University of Surrey
    Funds: YES
  • University of Sussex
    Funds: YES
  • University of the West of England
    Funds: YES
  • University of Ulster
    Funds:  YES
  • University of Warwick
    Funds: YES
  • University of Westminster
    Funds: YES
  • University of York
    Funds: YES
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
    Funds: YES

 

United States
  • Allegheny College
    Funds: YES
  • Boston College
    Funds: YES
  • Brandeis University
    Funds: YES
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Funds: YES
  • Colorado State University
    Funds: YES
  • Columbia University
    Funds: YES
  • Cornell University
    Funds: YES
  • Dartmouth University
    Funds: YES
  • Duke University
    Funds:  YES
  • East Carolina University
    Funds: YES
  • Emory University
    Funds:  YES
  • Florida International University
    Funds:  YES
  • Florida State University
    Funds:  YES
  • George Mason University
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
  • Grand Valley State University
    Funds: YES
  • Harvard University
    Funds: YES
  • Indiana University
    Funds: YES
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Funds: YES
  • Kansas State University
    Funds: YES
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Funds: YES
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Funds: YES
  • Northern Illinois University
    Funds: YES
  • Northwestern University
    Funds: YES
  • Samuel Merritt University
    Funds: YES
  • Texas A & M University
    Funds: YES
  • Tulane University
    Funds: YES
  • University of Arizona
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Davis
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Irvine
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Merced
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Riverside
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, San Diego
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, San Francisco
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Funds: YES
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Funds: YES
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
    Funds: YES
  • University of Connecticut
    Funds: YES
  • University of Dayton, Ohio
    Funds: YES
  • University of Florida
    Funds: YES
  • University of Iowa
    Funds: YES
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
    Funds: YES
  • University of Kansas
    Funds: YES
  • University of Maryland
    Funds: YES
  • University of Minnesota
    Funds: YES
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    Funds: YES
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    Funds: YES
  • University of Northern Colorado
    Funds: YES
  • University of Oklahoma
    Funds: YES
  • University of Oregon
    Funds: YES
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Funds: YES
  • University of Rhode Island
    Funds: YES
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Funds: YES
  • University of Utah
    Funds: YES
  • University of Virginia
    Funds: YES
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Funds: YES
  • Utah State University
    Funds: YES
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Funds: YES
  • Wake Forest University
    Funds: YES

Funders’ Publication Policies List – Fee Support

The following funders have made Open Access funds available to cover Article Processing Charges (APC). Each funder sets its own criteria. To confirm amounts and details of the funding and eligibility, contact the organization as indicated:
Australia
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    Funds: YES
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    Funds: YES
Austria
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
    Funds: YES
Canada
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA)
    Funds: YES
  • Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)
    Funds: YES
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
    Funds: YES
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    Funds: YES
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
    Funds: YES
Europe
  • European Commission (FP7)
    Funds: YES
  • European Research Council (ERC)
    Funds: YES
Finland
  • Academy of Finland
    Funds: YES
Germany
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
    Funds: YES
  • Max Planck Society
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Italy
  • Telethon Foundation, Italy
    Funds: YES
    PLOS Account: YES
Netherlands
  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
    Funds: YES
Spain
  • Spanish National Research Counsel (CSIC)
    Funds: YES
Sweden
  • Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)
    Funds: YES
  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
    Funds: YES
  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
    Funds: YES 
  • Swedish Research Council
    Funds: YES
Switzerland
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
    Funds: YES
United Kingdom
  • Arthritis Research UK
    Funds: YES
  • British Heart Foundation (BHF)
    Funds: YES
  • Cancer Research UK
    Funds: YES
  • Dunhill Medical Trust
    Funds: YES
  • Parkinson’s UK
    Funds: YES
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)
    Funds: YES
  • Wellcome Trust Charity Open Access Fund
    Funds: YES
United States
  • California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
    Funds:  YES
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    Funds: YES
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
    Funds: YES
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
    Funds: YES
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Funds: YES

PLOS Institutional Program

PLOS offers an Institutional Account program where participating institutions have arrangements with PLOS to administer payment for full publication fees for their institutions’ authors.

Corresponding authors affiliated with institutions or agencies in the PLOS Institutional Account Program may be eligible for fully paid publication fees. (Special note to UK authors – certain institutions will restrict payment to cover for Wellcome Trust and RCUK research grant recipients only.)  If your institution does not have an account with PLOS, contact the librarian to open an account.