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Open Access

Apply for funding to pay an article processing charge (APC)

If you are required, or plan to publish your article via the gold route, then you will normally be asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) by the publisher. 

We have two funds to help with this:

  • The UKRI block grant supports research in receipt of UKRI funding. 
  • The Higher Education Innovation (HEIF) fund supports Cranfield research with a UK industrial partner.

Money from both funds is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Please note: Before you request support for an APC please ensure you have checked our publisher deals as many journals are already funded.

To receive APC funding from either fund you must meet the requirements outlined below.

Papers acknowledging UKRI funding

APCs paid out of the UKRI block grant would need to be for articles that:

Criteria:

  • The paper must acknowledge a Research Councils grant, stating the funder, and applicable grant number.
  • The author must choose a CC-BY licence.
  • The paper must include a data access statement, and link to a DOI containing the underlying data, if appropriate.
  • The corresponding author's affiliation must be to Cranfield.
  • APCs will not be supported for ‘predatory’ journals.

Projects acknowledging a UK industrial partner

APCs paid out of the HEIF fund would need to be for articles that:

  • are from research with significant support from a UK industrial partner (co-authoring the paper or as a joint funder)
  • are published in journals that are fully gold or are considered by JISC to be transformative.

Criteria:

  • The paper must acknowledge the UK industrial partnership.
  • The author must choose a CC-BY licence.
  • The paper must include a data access statement, and link to a DOI containing the underlying data, if appropriate.
  • The corresponding author's affiliation must be to Cranfield.
  • APCs will not be supported for ‘predatory’ journals.