Open access

Open Access aims to make the findings of publicly-funded research freely available online as soon as possible, in ways that will maximise re-use. This is central to UKRI’s ambitions for research and innovation in the UK, as sharing new knowledge has benefits for researchers, the wider higher education sector, businesses and others.

A statement that sets out UKRI’s high level policy and principles on open access (PDF, 18KB), common to both the former HEFCE and Research Council policies, is available. This will inform the development of UKRI’s policy in this area, including our Open Access Review which is underway.

Current Open Access policy

In the interim period, the UK Funding Bodies’ open access policy for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) will apply as it stands. Any UKRI policy changes will only apply to the REF after REF 2021. Further information on the REF open access policy is available.

RCUK Policy on Open Access will continue to apply to Research Council-supported research until the outcome of the UKRI review of open access is known. Funding for the research council open access block grants is confirmed up to 2019/20. Further information on the research council policy and block grants is available.

UKRI welcomes publication of open research reports

UKRI has welcomed the publication of two independent reports on open research, commissioned by Government. Both reports contain a series of recommendations for UKRI and other stakeholders.

Read the announcement of these reports.