An alliance of charities including Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK has launched a fund to make charitably funded research immediately free to access and re-use. The Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Trust said "This approach helps to ensure that this knowledge can be built upon and used in a manner that maximises health and public benefit."
The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) will provide single combined block grants to UK research institutions
to meet open access article processing charges for peer-reviewed
research publications resulting from research funded by one or more of
the six partner charities: Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart
Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and
the Wellcome Trust.
The University of St Andrews already receives a block grant to support open access for Wellcome-funded research papers, and this joint fund will make it even easier to comply with these funders' open access policies.
For more information see the COAF frequently asked questions for researchers or contact the University Library's Open Access team.
For details on the existing criteria for Wellcome Trust funded authors, including the policy extension to cover monographs and book chapters from Oct 2014, see our Library web pages.