Apply for funding to pay open access fees / article processing charges (APCs)

Where your research funder permits, you should charge APC payments to active research awards. Your funder may provide funding for APCs in their award but if not you can apply to one of the following funds. All Imperial staff and PhD students can apply.

  • Research Councils UK (RCUK) open access fund - available to researchers with funding from any of the Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC
  • The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) - available to researchers with funding from Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Bloodwise or Parkinson’s UK
  • Imperial Open Access Fund -  for authors who do not have eligible open access funding in their research award or whose work is not externally funded. This fund is restricted to fully open access journals only.

You can only apply for funds on acceptance of your manuscript or conference proceedings by the publisher, not before.

To make an application for APC funding, deposit your accepted manuscript in Symplectic and select "yes" when prompted. You will receive an email notification, confirming receipt of your application, within 24 hours.

If your application is approved, you will receive an email within 2 to 5 days which will include further instructions and a purchase order (PO) number to facilitate payment.

The open access funds are only for open access fees - other charges such as colour, page and submission fees must be funded from elsewhere. You may be required to request separate invoices.

 Please wait for your application to be approved before requesting an invoice.