Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is closed


The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) supported by Association for Medical Research Charities (AMRC) was a partnership between six health research charities created on 1st October 2014 to enable Open Access (OA) 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 was closed on of 30th September 2020. As a result, the COAF joint block grant system has ended, and each charity funder will have its own process for paying OA Article Processing Charges (APCs) for journal articles. From 1 October 2020 their proposed methods are outlined in this table provided by COAF.

From 1st October 2020, authors should continue to submit their papers to the OA team as usual. 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.

The Wellcome Trust

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 that provided 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 

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 funding?

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