Charity Open Access Fund
The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between seven health research charities, including the Wellcome Trust, to enable free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research we support.
COAF was set up on 1 October 2014 for an initial two-year pilot phase. Wellcome is administering the fund for the partners.
Why COAF was set up
Enabling free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research we fund allows that knowledge to be shared faster and accelerates the rate at which knowledge can be applied 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 ensure 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.
What COAF supports
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 seven partner charities.
COAF funders’ policies
The seven partner charities are members of the Association for Medical Research Charities. It supported the COAF partnership being set up.
- Arthritis Research UK: open access policy
- Bloodwise: open access policy
- Breast Cancer Now: open access policy
- British Heart Foundation: open access policy
- Cancer Research UK: open access policy
- Parkinson’s UK open access policy [PDF 47.3KB]
- Wellcome Trust: open access policy
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.