COAF Block Grant – August Update

Researchers funded by COAF partner charities other than Wellcome Trust:

Please note that due to high demand, our block grant funding for several COAF partner charities has been depleted as of mid-August 2017. The charities include: Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK. Open access funding is still available for Wellcome Trust-funded researchers and RCUK-funded researchers.

We are pleased that so many LSHTM publications in the past year have been made open access via the ‘gold’ (paid) route. Funding is expected to become available again for the aforementioned COAF partner charities from October, but in the mean time we encourage you to apply for APC waivers from your chosen journals, or follow the ‘green’ (self-archiving, free) route to open access by forwarding your accepted manuscript and acceptance email to

Many journals will allow you to meet your funders’ open access requirements by following the ‘green’ route to open access. You can help to ensure that your journal is compliant with your funder’s open access policies by using SHERPA/FACT: or check with the Research Publications Team at

Please see further guidance and updated APC request forms via the Library & Archives Service intranet pages:

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