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Selected UK research funders' grant expenditure

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The introduction of research mandates represents a significant economic underpinning of OA materials. This page will gather information on research funders grant expenditure as it relates to OA. We would like to develop this table further to include all funders listed in JULIET. If you are a research funder and would like details of your institution to be included in this table please contact the JULIET Administrators.

Information for the UK

Currently the page only contains figures for UK Research Councils, taken from the Research Councils Standard Research Grant Spend 2007-2008.

Research Councils UK

In the Year 2007 - 2008 a total of £0.76billion of research funding was released with an accompanying OA policy.

Funding Organisation (linked to their JULIET summary)

Grant Expenditure (£ ,000)


OA Policy
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 57,072 2007 - 2008 Yes
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 202,699 2007 - 2008 Yes
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 115,494 2007 - 2008 Yes
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 481,337 2007 - 2008 No
Medical Research Council (MRC) 202,220 2007 - 2008 Yes
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) 81,685 2007 - 2008 Yes
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 102,895 2007 - 2008 Yes

From this data we can see that:

This represents 61.3% of RCUK funding. In 2007-2008, six out of seven of the RCUK councils had an OA policy; the exception was EPSRC which is reponsible for "big science" and therefore represents over 38% by value of research funding. The EPSRC has now released an open access policy.


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