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Funding bodies, policies and compliance

A number of funders require research articles which have resulted from their funding to be made open access. Sage helps authors comply with these mandates either via the gold open access publication route or green open access archiving.

Funder Agencies' Open Access Mandates

Please check with your funder if there is a mandate to publish your research open access and the criteria for compliance. There are other resources which may also be helpful:


Compliance via Gold Open Access Publication

Many funders include open access publishing fees or article publishing charges (APCs) within the research grant or by bloc grants directly allocated to institutions. Upon acceptance, authors will be given the option to make the article open access either by:

  • Publishing in fully gold open access journals where all the content is open access for an APC is charged. See a full list of Sage’s Pure Gold OA Journals.
  • Or, making their article immediately available open access on payment of an APC in an otherwise subscription-based journals via the Sage Choice program.

Some funding institutions require authors who opt for gold open access publication to pick a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to be compliant with their mandate. Sage offers a choice of Creative Commons licences to authors who opt for gold open access publication in most OA journals. In order to comply with a funder which required CC BY licencing, authors are asked to select the CC BY option on the licence form after acceptance of the manuscript. All other funded authors should select the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC) where available.

The following funding institutions require grantees who publish their work immediately gold open access to pick a CC BY licence. N.B. This is not an exhaustive list. 

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Blood Cancer UK
  • Breast Cancer Now
  • British Heart Foundation*
  • Cancer Research UK*
  • Department of Health, UK
  • Dunhill Medical Trust
  • The Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  • European Commission - Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (FCT)
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • Helmholtz Association
  • International Development Research Centre
  • National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (Nc3rs)
  • National Health Research Institutes
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • National Institute of Nuclear Physics
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZONMW)
  • Parkinson’s UK*
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Research Council of Lithuania
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK), including AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC
  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
  • Swedish Research Council
  • Telethon Foundation, Italy
  • Templeton World Charity Foundation
  • UK Research and Innovation
  • Versus Arthritis
  • Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council)
  • Wellcome Trust*
  • World Health Organisation
  • Worldwide Cancer Research


Funding Agency Open Access Deposit Requirements

Several funding agencies have deposit requirements for papers produced from research the agency has funded. Sage’s Green Open Access policy supports authors in meeting these requirements. Read more about specific funder requirements.


Compliance via Green Open Access archiving

Authors may be able to comply with funder mandates by archiving their work in an institutional or subject repository following Sage’s open access archiving policies.