Current Funding Opportunities

ESPA Directorate: Open Access Funding for Journal Articles

The UK Government in 2012 committed to a shift towards open access publication of the results of all public-funded research in the UK.  The UK Research Councils subsequently developed a policy (updated December 2016) to support open access publication and from April 2013, the Research Councils introduced a block grant to universities and eligible research organisations to cover the cost of article processing charges (APCs). More details are available on the RCUK website The Department for International Development (DFID) also issued an open and enhanced access policy.

Funded by two UK Research Councils and DFID and as an international research programme designed to produce world-class research and evidence to promote the sustainable management and use of ecosystem services to support poverty alleviation, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme aspires to achieve 100% open access rates. To achieve this the Directorate has launched an open access fund to support eligible research. The fund will be open until 28th February 2018.

Important Criteria:

  1. Applications can only be submitted by individuals who are or have been researchers on an ESPA grant.
  2. Applications will only be supported from researchers who have been unable to obtain open access funding from their own research institutions such as through the RCUK block grants.
  3. Supporting evidence (for example, an email or a letter) showing why funding has not been obtained must be provided from the relevant institutions and submitted to manager [at]
  4. Where ESPA funding is granted, the journal article must be made Open Access immediately at the time of on-line publication using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
  5. In most cases a successful applicant will be expected to invoice Research into Results (RiR) directly for the fee with the accompanying evidence from the journal.  The applicant must clearly state when they would expect to invoice RiR.  In the case where a journal will invoice RiR directly, this must be clearly stated including when this would be.

Please request an application form from support [at] (subject: Open%20Access%20application%20form%20request) .



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