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 guidelines

COAF information for researchers

COAF guidelines for research institutions 

COAF funders’ policies

The seven partner charities are members of the Association for Medical Research Charities. It supported the COAF partnership being set up.

Contact 

Questions from organisations or researchers about COAF should be emailed to openaccess@wellcome.ac.uk.

Any queries specifically relating to the individual policies of the partner charities should be sent to the relevant partner.