The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six health research charities, including Wellcome, to enable free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research we support.
COAF was set up on 1 October 2014. Wellcome is administering the fund for the partners.
Enabling free and unrestricted access to published research outputs means that the knowledge can be shared faster to improve health.
Many publishers now offer a model where they make published research papers freely available immediately – often in return for an up-front fee known as an article processing charge (APC).
COAF helps to make sure that the researchers and organisations we support have access to the funds needed to meet APC costs and make the research papers available in open access form.
Annual award letters are sent to the 36 UK universities and research institutes notifying them of the amount they’re being awarded.
COAF provides single combined block grants to 36 UK research institutions to cover the open access article processing charges (APCs) for peer-reviewed research publications resulting from research funded by one or more of the six partner charities.
Every year, we ask all institutions in receipt of a grant from COAF to provide details about their open access publications and their associated article processing charges.
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The six partner charities are members of the Association for Medical Research Charities. It supported the COAF partnership being set up.
Questions from organisations or researchers about COAF should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any queries specifically relating to the individual policies of the partner charities should be sent to the relevant partner.