FWF – Der Wissenschaftsfonds

“As a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the FWF is committed to advance sustained Open Access to scholarly publications and research data. To this end, the FWF requires and supports all project leaders and co-workers to make their research results freely available through the Internet.”

Read more about the Open Access Policy of the FWF and the IST-Guideline for Publications resulting from FWF projects.

The FWF provides additional funding for author processing charges on Open Access and hybrid journals. Read more about the requirements to apply.



EU Horizon 2020 including ERC

 To increase the circulation and exploitation of knowledge, open access to scientific publications shall be ensured. Furthermore, open access to research data resulting from publicly funded research under Horizon 2020 should be promoted, taking into account constraints pertaining to privacy, national security and intellectual property.”

Read more in the regulation establishing Horizon 2020

According to the Grant Agreement (Art. 29.2), the grantees must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from H2020 projects. This can be done by providing “gold” or “green open access. Specific steps are to be found in the IST-Guideline for Publications resulting from H2020 projects. The open access provisions apply to all types of H2020 projects - including ERC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and collaborative projects.



FP7 - Seventh Framework Program including ERC

“The European Commission is conducting a pilot initiative on open access to peer reviewed research articles in its Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7). In this pilot, open access to articles resulting from research funded in areas participating in the pilot should be provided within a specified time period. (…) This initiative (…) applies to the following areas:

Energy; Environment; Health; Information and Communication Technologies (Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics); Research Infrastructures (e-Infrastructures); Science in Society; Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities.

Grant agreements in these areas signed after the beginning of the open access pilot will contain a special clause requiring beneficiaries:

1. to deposit articles resulting from FP7 projects into an institutional or subject based repository;

2. to make their best efforts to ensure open access to these articles within six months (Energy, Environment, Health, Information and Communication Technologies, Research Infrastructures) or twelve months (Science in Society, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities).”

Read more about the Open Access Pilot in FP7.



DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

“The DFG expects the research results funded by it to be published and to be made available, where possible, digitally and on the internet via open access. To achieve this, the contributions involved should either be deposited in discipline-specific or institutional electronic archives (repositories) following conventional publication, or should be published in a recognized peer-reviewed open access journal.”

You can find more information about publication of research findings in the Guidelines for the Use of Funds.



SNSF – Swiss National Science Foundation

“The SNSF requires grantees to provide open access to research results obtained with the help of SNSF grants (Article 44 Funding Regulations).“


Read more about Open Access at the SNSF in chapter 4 of “Regulations on information, valorisation and rights to research results”.



Wellcome Trust

“The Wellcome Trust (…) supports unrestricted access to the published output of research as a fundamental part of its charitable mission and a public benefit to be encouraged wherever possible.


Specifically, the Wellcome Trust

•   requires electronic copies of any research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and are supported in whole or in part by Wellcome Trust funding, to be made available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) as soon as possible and in any event within six months of the journal publisher's official date of final publication

•   encourages - and where it pays an open access fee, requires - authors and publishers to licence research papers using the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)** so they may be freely copied and re-used (for example, for text- and data-mining purposes or creating a translation), provided that such uses are fully attributed.”

 Read the whole Open Access Policy of the Wellcome Trust.