Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)


Which funders are taking part in COAF?

The six partner charities are members of the Association for Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which supported the establishment of the partnership. Their individual Open Access policies are listed below, and you should refer to the policy of your particular funder as well as the general COAF policy.


How can the fund be used?

If you are funded by any of the participating charities, you can use the fund to pay the Open Access charges for peer-reviewed research papers. If the fund is used the publisher must be offering to:

  • Deposit the paper in PMC/Europe PMC, on behalf of the author
  • Make it freely available at the time of publication
  • Attach a Creative Commons Attribution-only (CC-BY) licence

If the journal does not offer the above then the fund cannot be used. You may be able to comply with your funder by self-archiving a version of your paper in Europe PMC as long as it can be made available no later than 6 months after publication.

The Wellcome Trust maintains a list of publishers who meet the the detailed COAF publisher requirements. Since 1st April 2017, publishers that do not commit to providing these services will not be eligible to receive payment for article processing charges. If your publisher does not appear on the list please contact before submission to confirm eligibility.

If you do not make your work Open Access this may affect your current or future funding. Many funders providing funding under the COAF grant actively monitor the Open Access status of papers and may apply sanctions if researchers have not complied with ther open access policy.


Wellcome Trust Open Access policy 

The current Wellcome Trust Open Access policy has a broader remit than the items covered by the COAF fund and also applied to monographs and book chapters. However COAF cannot be used to cover the open access publishing costs associated with these items and a seperate funding mechanism exists for this purpose.

From 1st January 2021 the Wellcome Trust Open Access policy will be changing. These changes will apply to articles submitted after this date, do not include monographs and books and are outlined and explained by the Wellcome Trust on their webpages. Full details of the policy are available on the Wellcome Trust website.

 Wellcome Trust Open Access policy from 1st January 2021 [PDF 158KB] 


How I can access the fund?

Contact the Library Research Support team with details of the paper and the funder acknowledgment as early as possible in the process.

Contact the Library Research Support team for support with Open Access questions and Sussex Research Online on 01273 877553 or